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Wisconsin's Firework Laws

Summer is here and the Fourth of July is almost upon us. While this is an exciting time and a moment to celebrate, it is important to be mindful of the state’s laws regarding firework usage and to know what to do should you end up in legal trouble for using fireworks that are not permissible.

Which Fireworks Am I Allowed to Use?

Not all fireworks are going to land you in trouble with the law. The following are legal for sale, possession, and use without a permit:

  • Sparklers that do not exceed 36 inches in length
  • Stationary cones or fountains
  • Toy snakes
  • Smoke bombs
  • Caps
  • Noisemakers
  • Confetti poppers that contain less than a ¼ grain of explosive mixture
  • Novelty devices that either spin or move on the ground

Items that are illegal without a permit include:

  • Firecrackers
  • Roman candles
  • Bottle rockets
  • Mortars
  • Any device that leaves the ground or explodes

The Consequences

Violations of firework law can come with some steep penalties. For each firework violation, you could potentially face a $1,000 fine. If you do wish to dabble in the fireworks that require permits, you must obtain it through the city, village, or town where you would like to set off the fireworks. Even if you have a permit, however, you must not allow a minor to use or possess them since this will also lead to a fine of up to $1,000 per violation.

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