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Minding ordnance ordinances: Shooting off your own fireworks could cost you

1:16 PM, Jun. 30, 2013
File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
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The Fourth of July just wouldn't feel right without fireworks, but setting them off at home could yield big problems and even bigger fines.

A person who possesses or uses fireworks without a valid permit or sells fireworks to someone without a permit, can be fined up to $1,000, according to the 2009 Wisconsin Fireworks Law.

Fireworks are illegal if they leave the ground or explode, including bottle rockets, mortars, or firecrackers, said Lt. Nick Craig of the Green Bay Fire Department. Those that can be purchased legally and set off without a permit include sparklers, snakes, spark fountains ...

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