Bill to legalize firecrackers, bottle rockets moves forward

The bill's chief author, Rep. John Kriesel, says he thinks opponents are blowing the risks out of proportion. Rep. Tina Liebling, a Rochester Democrat who has spoken out against the bill, says she worries children could get hurt or killed.

The bill's chief author, Rep. John Kriesel, says he thinks opponents are blowing the risks out of proportion. Rep. Tina Liebling, a Rochester Democrat who has spoken out against the bill, says she worries children could get hurt or killed. You can read more at Kare 11.

A story from the Associated Press says firefighters and ER doctors are among those against the bill. But proponents counter that Minnesotans looking for a bigger bang are just crossing state lines and finding it anyway.

But even some folks who really did hurt themselves toying with fireworks as kids back the bill. Griff Wigley looks back fondly on the days he spent lighting off small arsenals with his dad.

Writing in Locally Grown Northfield, Wigley gives props to those Republican lawmakers pushing for more legalization, even when he thinks back to the time he nearly blew off his own nipple when firecrackers ignited in his shirt pocket.

What do you think, readers? Do you think Minnesota should change its fireworks laws? And, if so, how?

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