Between 30 and 100 fireworks-related injuries are reported in Minnesota each year.

Nearly half of those injuries affect children and young adults ages 0 to 19. In an attempt to keep fireworks-related injuries at a minimum, the Edina Fire Department would like to remind residents of Minnesota's fireworks laws and discourage the use of illegal consumer fireworks.

The Law

In Minnesota, it is against the law to buy, sell or possess any fireworks that are explosive and/or fly through the air. This includes, but is not limited to firecrackers, bottle rockets, missile rockets, aerial spinners, Roman Candles, artillery shells and parachutes. Violating this law can result in up to one year in jail or fines up to $3,000, depending on the amount of fireworks in possession.

The Edina Fire and Police Departments will respond to complaints and confiscate all illegal fireworks. Certified operators who receive a permit from local jurisdictions for professional displays are exempt from the law.

Legal Fireworks

Fireworks that are legal in Minnesota include wire or wood sparklers and other non-explosive and non-aerial sparkling items like cylindrical and cone fountains, ground spinners, strobes and novelty items like snakes, glow worms, smoke devices, party poppers and snappers. These fireworks are not allowed on public property and should be used with caution on private property only.

Fireworks Safety

If a resident does intend to use legal fireworks, please adhere to the list of safety guidelines below. Visit the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) website for more information.
  • Always read, understand and follow all instructions.
  • Keep fireworks away from small children and do not let children use fireworks unsupervised.
  • Choose a safe place that is a good distance from anything that could start on fire or be damaged.
  • Keep fireworks in a cool, dry location. Do not allow them to get wet or try to use them upon drying.
  • Keep lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes away from where fireworks are stored.
  • Never light fireworks inside another container like a bottle or can.
  • Never throw fireworks at another person or point them toward a building.
  • Only light one firework at a time, then move away quickly.
  • If a firework has ignited but failed to go off, stay away for several minutes to be sure it is a "dud." Soak it in water before handling it.
  • Never place any part of your body over fireworks when lighting.
  • Never relight malfunctioning fireworks.
  • Do not attempt to alter fireworks. Federal law prohibits making one's own fireworks.
Nationwide, more fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day of the year, with fireworks accounting for more than half of them. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages have resulted from fireworks use in Minnesota over the years.

Contact Information

For more information on fireworks laws and safety, call the Edina Fire Department at 952-826-0339.