Lileks: Make fireworks legal? What a bang-up idea!

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 5, 2012 - 7:39 PM
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Lowrie02Apr. 5, 12 8:51 PM

These are nothing more than noise pollution!

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swschradApr. 5, 12 9:03 PM

just let us buy something strong enough so when those darn dragons start eating the moon again, we can scare them off. like nukes. little tactical ones. the ones you set as a trap for the bully in the class.

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antisuburbsApr. 5, 12 9:43 PM

I would rather see liquor on sundays and after 10 on other days, but at least I won't have to go to Hudson for the good stuff now!

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salryteApr. 6, 12 5:51 AM

All in favor of it but here is an idea most would agree on. Make parents watch some videos of a day at a pediatric burn unit before they buy the good stuff so maybe they will be a little more careful.

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markoakesApr. 6, 12 6:46 AM

Make em legal and allow liquor sales on Sunday. We now drive to Wiscosin for both. We should keep that tax income in MN.

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Arch4003Apr. 6, 1210:30 AM

It should be ok to shoot them off up at the lake - but do it over the water and don't start a forest fire. But I wouldn't want to see bottle rockets and whatever else being shot off on Lake Street or downtown.

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farkelsteinApr. 6, 12 5:13 PM

there are probably more people injured driving to nearby states to obtain fireworks than fireworks injuries that would occur if they were bought in minnesota. we wouldn't legalize dynamite for over the counter! what ever happened to personal responsibility.

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yamaha1Apr. 6, 1210:11 PM

Noise pollution indeed. Stay the hell away from me with 'em.

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sidelockeApr. 7, 1210:25 AM

Shooting off fireworks over a lake is NOT a good idea. Fireworks residue includes all sorts of poisonous heavy metals. So unless you want to further stress your lake, don't do it.

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koolaid2010Apr. 10, 12 8:05 AM

I wish I could lobby my employer to not do things that mean more work for me, too. After all, if the Fire and police departments had their way - we would all be living inside flame proof boxes with no escape. I suppose THEN our finest would be happy, when we have absolutely no need for them. The truth is the incidence of injury and fires will increase a very small amount. The number of fireworks related incidence however will remain minute when compared to other accidents. The reality is that there probably are more injuries as a result of people driving the extra miles to get into WI to purchase these goods vs having somewhere closer to home to get them. The bottom line is, there is no way to totally prevent people from being careless, and this fact of life should not prevent those of us who are not from being able to enjoy using fireworks legally and responsibly - and respecting noise ordinances and our neighbors.

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