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Poll: Should Firecrackers and Bottle Rockets Be Legal In Minnesota?

Aerial fireworks aren't allowed in the state—on the 4th of July and throughout the year. We want to know what you think of the law.

Earlier this year, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would make aerial fireworks legal in Minnesota.

At the time, Dayton said fire officials convinced him that some Minnesotans are not responsible enough to light fireworks that explode in the sky.

A day before the 4th of July, we want to know what you think of the law.

Can you have enough festive fun with sparklers and ground spinners? Or do you feel you should be able to light bottle rockets, firecrackers and aerial spinners?

Answer our poll questions and explain how you feel in the comments.

(Oh, and have a wonderful Fourth of July, everyone!)

Joshua July 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Besides personal injury, dogs don't usually burn houses down.
Susan July 07, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Irving, I have to wonder where you live...I was bit by a dog once as a child (I was teasing it), and my teenage son has never been bit. I'm sorry for your bad luck, but I don't know if your circumstances would be considered average. I've posted statistics above, with the most important one being in CAPS. I agree, dogs can be dangerous when having irresponsible pet owners and/or bad circumstances, but I think if you factor in the number of dogs vs. the statistic information above, you would have to come to the conclusion that, as a whole fireworks are more dangerous than the average pet dog.
Irving July 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Joshie - that is a very good point, and I recognize you said that as well Susan. The 1st time my son was bit was on the 4th of July in Gordon Wisconsin. He was a toddler walking with one hand held by my wife and the other waving free as he toddled. A dog came racing by and took a bite on his hand, puncturing and tearing his skin. The 2nd time he was 6 years old and at his grandfathers house in St. Paul, and a dog raced up and when my son understandably was frightened and raised his hands, the dog slashed him in the arm. 3rd time he was 9 and we were hiking in 7 Mile Creek park near Mankato. A dog owner opened a van door releasing a couple of excited little girls and two hyperactive dogs. The dogs were running all over scenting and barking crazily, and they ran by me snapping as I dodged and a second later they hit my son, tearing up his leg. If he hadn't been wearing very heavy hiking pants, he would be crippled rather than just punctured. Per http://www.dogsbite.org, 1000 people per *day* require emergency treatment due to dog bites. And all that said, I do agree that dog owners are the problem - in each case, the dog owner claimed the dog was perfectly safe, and in all cases the dog was off the leash and overly stimulated, and with my son giving off understandable fear signals, he seems to now be the target. I'll continue to believe dogs are at least as dangerous as fireworks.
Susan July 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Good point and well argued. As you said, it does seem to be the fault of the irresponsible pet owners. It's too bad, and I truly hope your son does not have a fear of dogs for life. Doing a quick search to try and compare statistics (using your link for dog statistics), I found some interesting information. I couldn't find studies for the same years, but I did get somewhat close: In 2008 there were about 316,000 ER visits for dog bites, and my statistic above shows about 9,000 ER visits for fireworks plus 2,000 reported fires. In 2011 there were 31 deaths from dog bites, and 5 deaths from fireworks (not including those who may have died in structures having caught on fire). A couple other stats: 200,000 gun injuries each year, with 31,000 deaths. 520,000 people injured by alcohol related accidents, with 25,000 people killed. 67% of Americans drink alcohol. 10% of Americans will drive drunk each year. 44% of Americans have dogs. 30% of Americans own a gun. ??% of Americans use fireworks. It's hard to make direct comparisons without knowing the final percentage, but I found the stats interesting.
Susan July 07, 2012 at 04:58 PM
I think it's interesting that the smallest percentage of people (10%) will cause the largest number of injuries, and second largest number of fatalities....drunk drivers. I think I also read that these numbers have remained about the same for the last ten years, which tells me that what is being done to stop it is not working.

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