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Making this legal wouldn’t have helped

May 30, 2012
The Journal

One of the bills vetoed this past session by Gov. Mark Dayton was a bill to legalize several kinds of fireworks that are now illegal to sell in Minnesota. Opponents of the law argued that it would lead to greater injuries.

We don't know if the law would have had any effect on the situation reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press over the weekend.

According to the report, a 31-year-old man in Linwood Township is in critical condition after the St. Paul Bomb Squad removed an unexploded firework from his chest.

The man was apparently shooting off illegal fireworks around 9 p.m. Saturday. He loaded two rounds of fireworks into a mortar tube, and was holding it when the first round shot into the air. The second round shot out the back end of the tube and into his chest, tearing into his heart. Medical staff at Regions Hospital called the bomb squad when they found the round still imbedded in his chest.

We don't know what kind of fireworks were involved, or whether they would have been covered under that vetoed bill, but we suspect no amount of legislation can prevent this kind of reckless behavior.



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