A Guide to Legal Fireworks in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Can You Buy Fireworks in Minneapolis and St. Paul?

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If you want to celebrate the Fourth of July with oohs and ahhs in Minnesota, you might be out of luck. Fireworks are illegal in Minnesota.

At least, the fun, dramatic, aerial, exploding kinds are. In 2002, Minnesota law was changed to allow the sale of non-explosive, non-aerial fireworks, meaning that things like sparklers and party poppers. Snakes, snappers and various kinds of smaller, ground types that don't launch or go bang are legal in Minnesota.

But to use even these, you will need to be 18 with photo ID to buy them. You can't use even this kind of firework in a public place, like on a road or in a park.

Anything that is designed to explode or go airborne is illegal in Minnesota.

What Fireworks Are Legal in Minnesota?

Here are some of the fireworks that are legal in Minnesota. These are legal to buy, possess and set off, as long as you do so on private property and are of legal age.  

  • Sparklers
  • Sparking cones (cone fountains) and tubes 
  • Snappers
  • Drop pops
  • Snakes
  • Illuminating torches
  • Smoke devices
  • Trick noisemakers
  • Paper streamers
  • Ground spinners
  • Strobes and flashes
  • Snappers with no more than 25 hundredths grains of explosive mixture each
  • Party poppers (string poppers)

What Fireworks Are Illegal in Minnesota?

In case you are unsure, the following fireworks are prohibited in the state of Minnesota. You can not buy, possess or set off these fireworks, no matter your age or the location as long as it is within state limits.

  • Firecrackers
  • Bottle rockets
  • Missiles
  • Roman candles
  • Ladyfingers
  • Sky rockets
  • Missile-type rockets
  • Helicopters
  • Aerial spinners
  • Planes or UFOs
  • Mines or shells
  • Chasers
  • Parachutes
  • Theatrical Pyrotechnics
  • Mortars and shells

Where to Watch Fireworks in Minnesota

You might not be able to launch them off yourself, but the pros still can.

You can still see some breathtaking firework displays in the sky in Minnesota. 

Wondering where can you go to see fireworks? Here are some places to see fireworks in and around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • Fireworks and celebrations all over the Twin Cities on the Fourth of July.
  • The Minnesota State Fair has fireworks every night.
  • New Year's Eve used to be rung in with fireworks in downtown Minneapolis, but no more. Instead, here is where else you can see fireworks on New Year's Eve.

Where Can You Go to Launch Fireworks?

Determined to launch some fireworks? It's no secret that fireworks, the kind that does launch and goes bang, are legal in next-door Wisconsin, and there are plenty of places to buy fireworks in Hudson and other towns just across the state line.

Bear in mind, if you are planning a firework-buying trip to Wisconsin, that while it may be legal to buy fireworks in Wisconsin, it's illegal to bring them back to Minnesota, and it's illegal to set them off here, too. The possession, sale, and use of fireworks is prohibited in Minnesota. Even if you bought the fireworks legally in Wisconsin.