(A)   The purpose of this chapter is to regulate the sale of permitted consumer fireworks in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
   (B)   The City Council makes the following findings regarding the need to license and regulate the sale, distribution, storage and display of fireworks permitted under state law.
      (1)   Consumer fireworks contain pyrotechnic chemical compositions that are combustible; accordingly, the unregulated accumulation, storage, display and sale of these items present a fire safety hazard.
      (2)   The improper disposal of consumer fireworks presents environmental hazards.
      (3)   Regular inspection, sampling and testing of the consumer fireworks being offered for sale is necessary to assure compliance with the limitations set forth in Minn. Stat. § 624.20, Subd. 1(c), as it may be amended from time to time, as to chemical content.
      (4)   Regular police inspections are necessary to prevent the sale of these materials to minors.
      (5)   Regular inspections by the City Fire Chief are necessary to prevent improper display, storage and disposal of consumer fireworks.
      (6)   Accurate information concerning the addresses and locations of persons dealing in permitted consumer fireworks in the city is necessary to facilitate the inspection of the premises for compliance with necessary safety regulations and performance standards and to assist the city in responding to any emergency situation arising out of or adjacent to this business.
(1992 Code, § 420:00) (Ord. 1310, passed 4-1-2003; Ord. 1341, passed 5-4-2004)