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Illegal fireworks can net fines

Superior Telegram


As people celebrate the nation’s birthday this week, Superior Police Chief Charles LaGesse is asking them to keep in mind that not all fireworks are legal.

“Any firework that flies in the air or explodes is unlawful,” he said.

Wisconsin statutes list fireworks that are legal for sale, possession or use in the state as Sparklers up to 36 inches long, stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers, confetti poppers with less than ¼ grain of explosive mixture and novelty devices that spin or move on the ground. To sell or buy any other firework requires a valid permit. According to state law, that permit has to be issued by a mayor, village president or town chairperson and is only valid in that city, village or town.

Every year, Superior police confiscate boxes full of illegal fireworks from vendors and individuals. People who possess or use fireworks without a valid permit, parents or guardians who allow a minor to possess fireworks or anyone who sells fireworks to someone who doesn’t have a valid permit could be fined up to $1,000 under state law.