Minnesotans are one step closer to legally buying and shooting off a wider range of fireworks this summer.
The state Senate on Tuesday approved 41-22 a bill that legalizes aerial fireworks in the state. Current law limits consumers to sparklers and other combustibles low in explosives. The bill has not yet been taken up by the full House.
Supporters say Minnesotans already buy the larger, higher-powered fireworks in Wisconsin and North and South Dakota. They say allowing such fireworks within the borders would generate income from sales taxes and eliminate a barely enforced law.
Critics point out that hospitals, law enforcement and fire chiefs organizations oppose a less-restrictive law. They say it will invite more injuries and property damage.
If approved by the House and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, the bill would take effect on June 1.