Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Racine Police issue warnings regarding fireworks usage
alert

Racine Police issue warnings regarding fireworks usage

  • 8
{{featured_button_text}}

RACINE — During the past few weeks, police departments across the nation have experienced an increase in calls for service involving the use of illegal fireworks.

Such activity is not uncommon leading up to Independence Day celebrations; however, the cancellation of officially sanctioned fireworks shows in many communities has resulted in an unusually high and extremely unsafe surge in the use of illegal fireworks.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • On average, 180 people require emergency room treatment each day due to fireworks-related injuries around the July 4th holiday.
  • Fireworks were involved with an estimated 10,000 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments during 2019.

Wisconsin State Statute 167.10 provides an outline to determine which fireworks are legal and which are illegal. The general is, any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is prohibited in the City of Racine.

Generally allowed devices (subject to content) are:

  • Cone fountains
  • Cylinder fountains
  • Small smoke bombs
  • Snakes (containing no mercury)
  • Sparklers less than 36-inches long

Prohibited devices include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerial salutes
  • Firecrackers
  • Roman candles
  • Skyrockets
  • Wheels

City police urge residents to keep in mind the following safety tips:

  • An adult should always be present while children are using fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people.
  • Wear eye protection when lighting fireworks.
  • Never experiment or make your own fireworks.
  • Light only one firework at a time.
  • Never attempt to re-light a “dud” firework.
  • Always have water available (bucket or hose).
  • The safest way to prevent injuries is to leave fireworks displays to trained professionals.

Ordinance violations regarding possession and/or use of illegal fireworks will be enforced, Racine Police Department Sgt. Chad Melby said. Individuals found to be in violation may face a fine of $313. Police will confiscate illegal fireworks and, per city ordinance, such property will be stored and subsequently destroyed at the possessors’ expense.

9
19
5
2
15

Get local news delivered to your inbox!

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

550 Wisconsin National Guard troops were on the ground in D.C. to support Wednesday's inauguration. It was the first time since the Civil War the Wisconsin National Guard was deployed to D.C. for something "besides for ceremonial purposes."

For Spc. Shane Kieslich, a native of Union Grove who is currently studying international business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, it was his first time in D.C. since he was in seventh grade.

Even if more clean-energy jobs are coming in the next four years and beyond, “I don’t know if that’s a lot of solace to the men and women who lost their jobs this week that there might be a potential future job,” U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil said during a Friday morning press conference in Racine County. “A future job doesn’t pay the mortgage. It doesn’t pay the rent. It doesn’t cover the grocery bill.”

Don't expect the vaccination rollout to fly by quickly, however. According to CRCHD: "For those ages 65+, please note there are 28,822 residents of Racine County and 700,000 residents of Wisconsin who fall into the 65+ age group but Wisconsin is only receiving about 70,000 first doses per week. Not everyone in this age group will be able to be vaccinated immediately so we appreciate everyone’s patience."

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alert

Breaking News