Push to Expand Firework Sales Returns to State Legislature
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State lawmakers in St. Paul are once again pushing to expand firework sales in Minnesota.
Rep. Jason Rarick is pushing a bill that would allow people to buy things like firecrackers and bottle rockets about five weeks out of the year. The measure stops short of legalizing more explosive items like M80s.
Minnesota residents are reportedly already using the illegal fireworks anyway. He says Minnesota companies and the state are losing millions to border states by prohibiting larger fireworks.
Rarick's measure would allow local governments to decide whether they want to allow more firework sales. It was up for a vote in the House Monday.
Gov. Mark Dayton last week said he would veto it.