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Common Council approves restrictions on firework sales to Milwaukee residents

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 17:32:20-04

MILWAUKEE — The Common Council has approved legislation to make it more difficult for Milwaukee residents to purchase fireworks.

The proposed legislation would change the state law to require fireworks sellers to check if the buyer lives in a community where possession and use of fireworks is prohibited. The City of Milwaukee bans all fireworks, including sparklers and ground fireworks.

Alderman Cavalier Johnson spearheaded the legislation in an effort to keep Milwaukee communities safe.

“The National Fire Protection Association states that based on the amount of time and quantities in use, fireworks pose a higher risk of death than any other consumer product,” said Ald. Johnson.

Outside of the city limits, each municipality has different rules to abide by. According to state law, a permit is required if the firework explodes or leaves the ground. You can purchase a permit for $3 at legal fireworks stores.

“Additionally, firework-related fires and personal property destruction can become a drain on the resources of the Milwaukee Fire Department, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office." Ald. Johnson said. "Illegal fireworks make Milwaukee less safe, and the Legislature must move to put increased restrictions on fireworks sellers.”