As we approach the 4th of July, we wanted to provide some reminders related to the City's ordinances and fireworks.
The laws of the State of Wisconsin and our city ordinances are very restrictive when it comes to fireworks. The only types of fireworks permitted by ordinance include toy pistol paper caps, sparklers, and toy snakes.
The use of any other type of fireworks are only authorized by a permit granted by the mayor and approved by the Fire Chief. Wisconsin State Statute 167.10 is very clear that possessing or using any other fireworks, including, for example, firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars without a valid permit is illegal. A commonly used rule of thumb is that a permit is required if the device explodes or leaves the ground.
Unfortunately, firework retailers will frequently still sell these items to Wisconsin residents, even though they are illegal to possess and use without a permit throughout Wisconsin. Being able to purchase prohibited items at a fireworks retailer does not mean they are legal to possess and use without a permit.
Finally, the police department also frequently responds to noise complaints, property damage, and other issues related to the use of illegal fireworks within the City. Being considerate of others when living in a city where neighbors are close by is not only polite, it eliminates the need for the police department to take enforcement action.
Additional details can be found in the Milton Code of Ordinances, Section 50-34: Sale and Discharge of Fireworks, and Wisconsin State Statute 167.10 Regulation of Fireworks. All current Milton ordinances can be found online at www.milton-wi.gov/Ordinances.
All current Wisconsin State Statues can be found online at https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/.
If there are any questions about the laws related to fireworks, please contact the Police Department at (608) 868-6910.
We also encourage you to enjoy the full, legally approved fireworks display hosted by the Milton FFA Alumni at dusk on July 4 at Schilberg Park.