The 4th means fireworks, and while many may be satisfied with going the spectator route at fireworks displays local authorities know that -- regardless of state law -- others will be taking things into their own hands.
Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht says caution is the name of the game when it comes to fireworks, especially when children are involved.
The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is reminding people that fireworks like firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, and mortars require permits and are illegal if you don't have permits for them. A general rule is if it explodes or leaves the ground it's illegal.
The SBPD is sharing the following safety tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
- A responsible adult should supervise all fireworks activities.
- Never give fireworks to young children.
- Always purchase fireworks from reliable sources.
- Follow label directions carefully.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area away from buildings and vehicles.
- Never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them in metal or glass containers.
- Light them one at a time then move back quickly.
- Don't experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Observe local laws and use common sense.
- Sparklers, fountains and other items that many states allow for use by consumers are not appropriate when a large crowd is present.
- If attending a community display, leave your own fireworks at home -- there will be plenty of excitement provided by the display.
- Always have a water supply near when lighting off fireworks.
You can find additional information on fireworks safety on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.