Firework safety reminders ahead of Independence Day celebrations

Community members reminded to check local laws as some communities require permits

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Many Americans will celebrate the Independence Day holiday with fireworks.

But each year, fireworks result in thousands of injuries across the U.S.

Last year alone, it is estimated that 10,000 people were treated in emergency departments for fireworks related injuries.

Most of those coming in the two weeks before and after the 4th of July.

That’s according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Even if a firework seems harmless, it can still be dangerous.

“The sparklers are still around and that’s probably the most common one that kids use and those burn very hot and have the potential to cause burns and again shooting sparks, always a potential to damage the eyes,” said Mayo Clinic Health System emergency physician Taft Franklin.

Fireworks can also damage your property.

It’s estimated that thousands of fires are caused each year, impacting buildings and cars.

And while it might be fun to set off your own fireworks, it might not always be legal.

Wisconsin state law allows for the use of sparklers, stationary cones and other ground based fireworks.

But many other fireworks, like those that explode or leave the ground, are not allowed without a permit.

While you may be able to buy them, the rules are in place to keep community members safe.

“Some of these fireworks are pretty big and they can cause a lot of damage if not properly used by a pyrotechnic,” said Holmen Police Department lieutenant Erich Zwicker.

The rules can vary depending on your location, so check with your local officials to know what is allowed.

Fireworks permits are needed for people living in the town of Campbell.

Those permits can be picked up at the Town Clerk’s office during regular business hours.

The permits are only needed for fireworks that leave the ground, which will be permitted on July 3rd and 4th.

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