Fireworks: What is legal/illegal on Independence Day

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — The sound of fireworks on Independence Day, some love it while others do not.

This year, the 4th of July celebrations may look different as the coronavirus pandemic has forced many city displays to cancel, leaving residents to look for their own ways to celebrate the holiday.

But if you do decide to set off your own, safety is key.

“Make sure that what they’re buying is legal in their area, also make sure that children are not playing or igniting fireworks themselves,” Andrew Beckett, Public Information Officer for Wisconsin Emergency Management said. “If they are choosing to set off their own fireworks they’re doing so safely and not jeopardizing the safety of those around them.”

However it’s not just that, he says it’s also important to make sure there is a source of water nearby, suck as a garden hose or even a bucket filled with water just in case something doesn’t go as planned.

Before you do anything it’s important to know what is legal in your own area.

“Here in Wausau, the ordnance that we have is you are not allowed to fire anything that leaves the ground, so sparklers are okay, the ground fountains that I see a lot are okay, and the snappers are okay,” said Mason Hagenbucher, Patrol Officer for the Wausau Police Department.

If you set off something illegal, Hagenbucher says in the City of Wausau you will be fined $124.

While sparklers are legal experts say you need to be careful, to ensure a safe Independence Day for all.

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