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Bill Legalizing Exploding, Aerial Fireworks In Minnesota Introduced Today

Minnesota recently legalized gay marriage and medical marijuana; how about Sunday liquor sales and better fireworks this year?

Five state senators -- four GOP and one DFL -- introduced a bill today that would legalize the sale of "aerial and audible" fireworks in Minnesota. See also: Katy Perry's "Firework" Used to Promote Legalizing Bottle Rockets in Minnesota

Right now, as most of you are probably well aware, Minnesotans are only allowed to buy lame spark-spraying fireworks. We gotta go into Wisconsin to pick up the good stuff.

A bill legalizing mortars and other more fun (and more dangerous) exploding fireworks passed in 2012 but Gov. Dayton vetoed it, citing safety concerns.

This time around the bill (SF 465) tries to crack the door similar to some of the Sunday liquor sales efforts. Exploding fireworks would only be available for purchase from June 1 to July 7.

The bill also prohibits cities from banning the sale of fireworks, but it explicitly allows cities to pass ordinances banning people from using fireworks.

Dayton hasn't given any indication that he's changed his mind on the matter, so we'll see if this effort goes anywhere.

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