Mayo Clinic is urging DFL Gov. Mark Dayton to veto a bill that would legalize more powerful fireworks in the state.
Mayo Clinic Trauma Center Medical Director Donald Jenkins wrote in a letter to the governor that the fireworks bill "would legalize extremely powerful and dangerous fireworks in Minnesoa." He notes that Mayo Clinic is one of four Level 1 trauma centers in the state and the only one in southeast Minnesota. He writes that when smaller fireworks like sparklers were first legalized in the state in 2002, there were 92 firework injuries within a 20-day period surrounding July 4 and a 300 percent increase in injuries due to fireworks during that period.
Mayo Clinic joins several other hospitals opposed to the fireworks bill along with fire chiefs and fire departments.
Supporters of the bill argue that Minnesotans are aleady buying these larger, aerial fireworks — they are just crossing the border to do it. That amounts to lost business from the state. They also argue that it is not the government's place to tell people they cannot set off fireworks.
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