Firework bill passes Minn. Senate

Molly Novak

A bill allowing for more explosive fireworks passed the Minn. Senate 41-22 on Tuesday. The House version of the bill is waiting for a floor vote.

Currently, the law only allows residents to purchase and use sparklers and other low-explosive toys, according to KSTP news.

Supporters of the bill say Minnesota residents buy large fireworks in Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota anyway. They say that, by allowing these larger explosives within state borders, they would generate money from sales taxes and eliminate a law rarely enforced.

Critics said that hospitals, law enforcement and fire chief organizations are opposed to the law because it will increase injuries and property damages.

The bill would take effect on June 1, if approved.