City of St. Paul Park 

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Be Safe Around Fireworks

Fireworks may be beautiful and fascinating, but they are also dangerous.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 9,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in 2004. 

To be safer, please follow these tips:

  • Only buy what you plan to use.  Do not store fireworks.
  • Read, understand, and follow all warnings and instructions on each device.
  • Keep a bucket of water handy in case of malfunction or fire.
  • Use fireworks with close adult supervision.  Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors, away from other people, animals, buildings, storage tanks, brush, and combustible materials.
  • Keep fireworks dry; do not use them when dried after becoming wet.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket or on your person.
  • Never light fireworks inside a container, such as a bottle or can.  Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
  • Never throw fireworks or aim them at another person, animal, or building. 
    • Light only one firework device at a time, then move away quickly.
    • Never relight malfunctioning fireworks.

Complete fireworks safety quidelines and a list of legal fireworks are available at  You can also call the State Fire Marshal Division at (651) 215-0500.

City of St. Paul Park, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park MN 55071