Fireworks bill hasn't fizzled yet

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 4, 2012 - 6:46 AM

The Minnesota House sent the bill that would legalize more fireworks back to committee for work.

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Lowrie02Apr. 3, 12 9:25 PM

WOW!!! This is important! These people have found more ways to embarrass The concept of legislation! As one blogger noted yesterday, go home before you do more damage!

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RossbergApr. 4, 12 6:43 AM

When you consider the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars spent by Minnesotans in surrounding states for fireworks which they could be buying here this is important jobs legislation. For some reason a few naive people have the notion that everyone abides by the current restrictions.

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ammunraApr. 4, 12 6:56 AM

Since passing this legislation could have a direct effect on jobs, I'm guessing it isn't going to pass.

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comment229Apr. 4, 12 7:07 AM

"They'll only go to Wisconsin to buy it." That is not the point. It's true. Some that really want this will drive to another state to buy it, but if you sell these products in Minnesota, more and more people will have access and will buy them. So what's wrong with that? Again, nothing, except before this bill is passed into law, and before you start in on your rights as a citizen, the media, and in this case, this paper, needs to stop, call time out, and bring in a whole bunch of emergency room workers who see the results on July Fourth, of alcohol and fireworks. Pictures would be very helpful because they pretty much tell a different story that cannot be disputed. A car has to have proof of insurance. Perhaps there should be a requirement that before you purchase fireworks, you need to show proof of health insurance. Fireworks in the hands of professionals is dangerous enough. Ask these people to testify before the state legislative committees and they will ALSO tell you some realities. Enjoy a nice July Fourth fireworks display, save your money, and enjoy the rest of your life, with all your fingers, hands, and eyes.

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woodyagApr. 4, 12 7:20 AM

ah, well, the Social Darwinism of Ayn Rand is very much in vogue these days. Sad to see it infecting the DFL too. Sure; those little kids deserve to have their hands blown off, so I can watch a "bang". It's their own fault. And of course, when some teenager accidentally sends a rocket into the 10th story of an apartment building (and it will happen) - that's just part of the cost of real freedom. Tough beans, to those who are maimed or burned to death. And hurray to the profits for the Chinese firecracker makers.

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LicoriceApr. 4, 12 7:46 AM

It's one thing when my son-in-law in Oklahoma has a pyrotechnics party on his farm. It's another thing when my city neighbors try to do the same. I don't want to listen to such explosions in the night. Our neighborhood pets don't want to have this going on, either. Sadly, you can't legislate consideration and responsibility.

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yamaha1Apr. 4, 12 8:17 AM

There's enough noise at night without more of this garbage. I've got Neanderthal neighbors who think there's nothing wrong with setting these off at 11:00-11:30 at night. Put down the bottle/bong and let the rest of us have some peace and quiet.

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rlwr51Apr. 4, 12 9:21 AM

In 2006, fireworks caused an estimated 32,600 reported fires, including 1,700 total structure fires, 600 vehicle fires, and 30,300 outside and other fires. These fires resulted in an estimated 6 civilian deaths, 70 civilian injuries and $34 million in direct property damage...In 2007, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 9,800 people for fireworks related injuries...The risk of fireworks injury was two-and-a-half times as high for children ages 5-9 or 10-14 as for the general population...On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires...

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rlwr51Apr. 4, 12 9:23 AM

I like that proof of medical insurance idea. Also, how about a little tracking device so the purchaser can be tracked down if/when there is a fire.

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rlwr51Apr. 4, 12 9:27 AM

Two things about them being illegal; we know that people do drive to other states to purchase them; in that case they have to be old enough and able to drive to get them. Secondly if they are illegal people who have them are at least a little careful, so they won't have their stash confiscated.

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