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Facts about fireworks

Posted: July 23, 2013 - 4:02pm

Facts about fireworks

Sometimes we forget that “up north” is a neighborhood and not as remote as everyone would like it to be. We still must all get along and respect our neighbors and the law.

I am writing this because we all like to celebrate, but the amount and kinds of fireworks concerns us.

Facts to consider are that fireworks frighten dogs and cats and they very often run away, never to return. My dog forces me to get out of bed; we both watch TV for several hours, for five days.

We think you might not know that any airborne fireworks are illegal in Minnesota unless they are part of fireworks display put on by a municipality. Gov. Dayton reinforced this on April 28, 2012, when he vetoed legislation to make airborne fireworks legal. The only legal fireworks include sparklers, snakes and smoke bombs.

Using airborne fireworks is a misdemeanor that includes confiscation, a citation to appear in court, a possible maximum 90-day jail term and a possible fine of up to $1,000, according to Minnesota law.

The Crow Wing sheriff’s office confirmed this and is responsible for following up on any complaint of fireworks from our area, which is Ideal Township. The number you call to report this is answered 24 hours a day and is 218-829-4749.

Do not hesitate to call if you have a complaint.

Bob Uppgaard,

Pequot Lakes

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