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Each July 4th, thousands of people, most often kids and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks.

Facts About Fireworks
  Minnesota Statute 624.20 allows for the public sale, possession and use of a limited number of, but not all, consumer fireworks.
  Fireworks may not legally be used on public property, including parks, roads, alleys, schools and any government property.
  Minnesota law specifies that you must be at least 18 years old to purchase consumer fireworks, and retailers are required to check ID.
  Delayed combustion is not uncommon. People who try to relight a device often end up with damaged eyes or fingers.
  Sparklers reach temperatures greater than 1200 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause serious burns by igniting clothing.

Fireworks Safety Tips
  Attend community-sanctioned events. Establish a safe viewing area. The safest place to sit is at least 500 feet away from the staging area.
  Read instructions on each device.
  Always provide adult supervision and keep fireworks away from small children.
  Use fireworks far from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush and other combustibles.
  Keep a bucket of water nearby to cool spent sparkler wires and extinguish other fireworks.
  Forbid anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs to use fireworks.
  Light one device at a time, and never attempt to relight a device that doesnt ignite the first time.
  If it looks damaged, dont use it.

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