Reporting Kate Raddatz
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Fourth of July is Thursday and that means many will be heading to fireworks displays or creating some of their own.
That also presents several dangers if you don’t know how to set off your fireworks properly. It’s also important to remember what’s legal in Minnesota and what’s not legal as you get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
Officials said anything that explodes are goes into the air, like bottle rockets, fire crackers and roman candles, is illegal. Legal fireworks in Minnesota are ones that sparkle, smoke or pop, which includes sparklers, smoke bombs and fountains.
You must be at least 18 to purchase fireworks and likely will be required to show an ID when you buy them. People cannot use fireworks on public land, such as streets or parks.
If you’re planning on setting some off this holiday weekend, make sure at least one adult is close by for supervision. They’re meant to be outdoors and away from combustibles or flammables. Officials also said don’t use fireworks if you’ve been drinking alcohol, keep them away from children, never throw them and never ignite them inside a container.
Also, when you go to light your fireworks, never stand over them. Instead, stand off to the side.
Officials also provided some safety tips if you’re planning on grilling over the holiday weekend.
They said to only grill outdoors and use charcoal lighter fluid, never use gasoline. Make sure you’re always by your grill when cooking and do it away from your house, garage or deck. Dispose of your coals safetly (in a metal container or with water) and put your disposed coals away from buildings or combustible materials. Never put them in your house or garage.
Most of all, make sure you get out and enjoy your Fourth of July safely.