Fireworks are very much a part of many Minnesota 4th of July celebrations. Whether it be the large, community displays operated by professionals or the small backyard shows many enjoy putting on, they're a big part of the holiday for many.

While that is true, the combination of some Minnesotans getting their hands on illegal fireworks and neighbors who may not be a fan of the pops, bangs, and flashes seems to lead to an annual bit of tension and frustration among some.

While some have been doing some "early celebrating" across the Northland by lighting some fireworks off over the last week or more, the Duluth Police Department recently issued a reminder about the specific laws and ordinances Duluthians need to know about when it comes to fireworks.

Minnesota laws about fireworks & violation penalties

In a social media post from July 1, the department highlighted that first and foremost fireworks that shoot into the air are illegal across all of Minnesota. As the state statute explains, consumer-grade fireworks are illegal for personal use, as one might do on private property.

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While things like sparklers, snakes, and smoke devices are not illegal, firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and other similar items are illegal, and violations of the law can lead to misdemeanor charges, including a 90-day jail sentence, $1,000 fine, or both. Large amounts of fireworks (35 pounds or more gross container weight) can lead to gross misdemeanor charges, up to a year in jail, $3,000 fine, or both.

Duluth ordinances about fireworks

Besides the overall state law about fireworks, the Duluth Police Department also reminds citizens that "people shall not engage in conduct that disturbs the neighborhood at any time of the day".

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This is part of a noise rules ordinance that explains that "No person within any public or private place shall take part in or incite or encourage any brawling, shouting, dancing, or noise production, which unreasonably disturbs others lawfully in the vicinity." This applies to any part of the day.

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In addition, the next section of the ordinance explains also prohibits "events between 11:00 p.m. and sunrise which disturb the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood".

In addition to reminding the public about these laws and ordinances, the department also reminds the public not to drink and drive, making sure to "plan ahead before enjoying the festivities".

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