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‘All fireworks are illegal’ & ‘Suffer the consequences’: Local authorities issue statements on firework use

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(WFRV) – Northeast Wisconsin residents who plan to light fireworks off for the Fourth of July may want to check to make sure they are following the rules.

The following municipalities have provided information as to what is and is not legal when lighting off fireworks:


The Oshkosh Police Department says that anyone who is planning on using fireworks must make sure they are obeying the law. According to the Oshkosh Police Department, any firework that leaves the ground or explodes is illegal to shoot off in the City of Oshkosh. Specifically, bottle rockets and firecrackers were used as examples of what is illegal.

What is legal? Well, the Oshkosh Police Department says sparklers and fountains are two options people can use to enjoy the Fourth of July. The Oshkosh Police Department also mentioned an easy way to report illegal fireworks to the authorities. Relay is a free app that lets people report non-emergency incidents to law enforcement.

North Fond du Lac

The North Fond du Lac Police Department issued a statement reminding residents of what fireworks comply with North Fond du Lac Ordinance 14.18. The department says they are expecting a lot more incidents this summer and warn of greater consequences.

The only fireworks that comply with the ordinance are:

  • Sparklers not exceeding 36″ in length
  • Stationary cones and fountains
  • Toy snakes
  • Smoke bombs
  • Caps
  • Noise makers
  • Confetti poppers with less than 1/4 grain of explosive mixture

It is also noted that permits issued or sold by fireworks vendors and relied upon buyers and users are not valid under state law. Those who possess, use or sell illegal fireworks is subject to a forfeiture of up to $1,000 per violation.

“Our officers have been instructed to diligently follow up on complaints and to initiate enforcement action whenever violations are observed,” says Chief Darren Pautsch.


The Sheboygan Police Department sent out a statement saying all fireworks are illegal to possess and discharge in the City of Sheboygan.

According to authorities, fireworks are described as:

  • Anything manufactured, processed or packaged for exploding emitting sparks or combustion, which does not have another common use

It was also mentioned that fireworks are prohibited to possess and use in Sheboygan regardless if they were bought legally in other parts of the state. Forfeitures in excess of $376 per violation will be waiting for those who break the law.

Local 5 will update this story as more municipalities released information regarding fireworks.

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