Buying and selling fireworks in Madison illegal

By: Britni McDonald Email
By: Britni McDonald Email

POSTED Friday, June 28-- 5:40 p.m.

The laws surrounding buying and selling fireworks are specific to each municipality. In Madison, it's illegal.

Fireworks that don't leave the ground like sparklers, snaps, and party poppers are legal, but anything that fire departments say "go up and blow up" are not.

But places not far from Madison like Cornellier Fireworks in Windsor sell large fireworks legally.

Those 18 and older can buy them. But before setting them off in an approved location, a permit needs to be signed in your municipality.

The Madison Fire Department receives calls of grass fires and injuries every year and say to leave it to the professionals.

The National Fire Protection Association claims fireworks are the leading cause of fires on the 4th of July.

But for some, it's an annual tradition.

"We have lots of acres in the backyard and shoot them off," said Brenda Anderson of Waukesha. "We just want to have a good time on the 4th and shoot off some fireworks."

"We definitely buy some fireworks," said Cody Lynch.

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