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Continued: Washington County ready for a bang-up time on July 4th

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  • Last update: June 29, 2013 - 4:08 PM



Fireworks over the river begin at 10 p.m. at Lowell Park, 101 Water St. N., with music simulcast on KBBL (1220AM).



Rock band 8 Foot 4 will kick off a dance and celebration at 7 p.m. at Ojibway Park, 2695 Ojibway Drive, and concessions and glow necklaces will be available for sale. A fireworks display starts at 10 p.m.


And be careful out there …

Fireworks are fun and hard to resist, said Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, but every year hundreds of kids in Minnesota get burned, injured or accidentally start fires due to fireworks. Most fireworks that burn and explode are illegal in Minnesota, however.

Sparklers, ground spinners, wheels, cone fountains, small illuminating torches, snakes, glow worms, smoke devices and party poppers are among those that are allowed. Firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles are not. The penalty for using illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor in Minnesota calling for a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail.

The best option for enjoying fireworks and celebrating the holiday is to enjoy professionally run fireworks displays, he said. These are free, spectacular and safe.

Jim Anderson

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