Fireworks Safety

Safety Precautions

The State of Minnesota permits the sale of non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks.

Examples of these fireworks include sparklers, cones and tubes that emit sparks, and novelty items like snakes and party poppers. These consumer fireworks may not be used on public property, including such places as parks, roads, alleys, schools, government property, etc.

Businesses selling fireworks must obtain a permit from the Chanhassen Fire Department. The purchaser of fireworks must be at least 18-years-old, and it is recommended that the fireworks be used under adult supervision.

Safety Rules

Fireworks are associated with many injuries nationally each year. The following safety guidelines are offered to reduce fireworks injuries and nuisance complaints:
  • Anyone acting in an irresponsible manner or who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs should not handle or discharge fireworks.
  • Choose a safe place to use fireworks that is far from anything that could be damaged from the normal or abnormal operation of any device. Fireworks should only be ignited outdoors and away from animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush, or combustible materials.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or on your person.
  • Eye protection is recommended for those using fireworks. Never throw fireworks or aim them at another person, animal, or building.
  • If a firework device has been ignited but fails to go off, stay clear of the device for an extended period of time to prevent injury due to delayed activation. Soak the device in water before handling it.
  • Keep fireworks away from small children and store them in a cool dry location away from sources of ignition (heat and flames). Fireworks should not be allowed to become wet and should not be used when dried after becoming wet.
  • Lit cigarettes, cigars, pipes or open flames should be kept away from fireworks that are for sale or when stored.
  • Never experiment with fireworks, make your own fireworks, or alter fireworks in any manner (a strong federal prohibition exists for such activity).
  • Never ignite fireworks inside another container, such as inside a bottle or can.
  • Never place any part of your body, especially your head, over the firework device when lighting. Approach the item from the side and light while keeping your body away from the item.
  • Never relight malfunctioning fireworks. Report any defects back to the seller or the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Only light one firework device at a time, then move away from the device quickly. Keep clear of any device that has been ignited, but has yet to go off.
  • Read, understand, and follow the instructions on each device prior to using.
  • Use fireworks with close adult supervision.
For additional information, contact Don Nutter, Fire Marshal at (952) 227-1151.