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                            CHAPTER 350-S.F.No. 2960 
                  An act relating to public safety; modifying the 
                  definition of fireworks; amending Minnesota Statutes 
                  2000, section 624.20, subdivision 1. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 624.20, 
        subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
           Subdivision 1.  (a) As used in sections 624.20 to 624.25, 
        the term "fireworks" means any substance or combination of 
        substances or article prepared for the purpose of producing a 
        visible or an audible effect by combustion, explosion, 
        deflagration, or detonation, and includes blank cartridges, toy 
        cannons, and toy canes in which explosives are used, the type of 
        balloons which require fire underneath to propel them, 
        firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, daygo bombs, 
        sparklers other than those specified in paragraph (c), or other 
        fireworks of like construction, and any fireworks containing any 
        explosive or inflammable compound, or any tablets or other 
        device containing any explosive substance and commonly used as 
        fireworks.  
           (b) The term "fireworks" shall not include toy pistols, toy 
        guns, in which paper caps containing 25/100 grains or less of 
        explosive compound are used and toy pistol caps which contain 
        less than 20/100 grains of explosive mixture. 
           (c) The term also does not include wire or wood sparklers 
        of not more than 100 grams of mixture per item, other sparkling 
        items which are nonexplosive and nonaerial and contain 75 grams 
        or less of chemical mixture per tube or a total of 200 grams or 
        less for multiple tubes, snakes and glow worms, smoke devices, 
        or trick noisemakers which include paper streamers, party 
        poppers, string poppers, snappers, and drop pops, each 
        consisting of not more than twenty-five hundredths grains of 
        explosive mixture.  The use of items listed in this paragraph is 
        not permitted on public property.  This paragraph does not 
        authorize the purchase of items listed in it by persons younger 
        than 18 years of age.  The age of a purchaser of items listed in 
        this paragraph must be verified by photographic identification. 
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment. 
           Presented to the governor April 25, 2002 
           Signed by the governor April 29, 2002, 1:29 p.m.