Be Cautious & Courteous

Each year the Sheriff's Office receives more complaints about fireworks. Fireworks may be fun, a tradition on the Fourth of July, but also can be dangerous or annoying to others.

  • If using fireworks remember, they are explosives and injuries happen.
  • Clean up your mess. On land and on the water.
  • Alcohol and explosives don't mix.
  • Be courteous to your neighbors. Many have pets that become scared. Fireworks at 2 a.m. is not appropriate. Neighbors do not like the debris on their property.

Fireworks Permits

  • May only be issued by a mayor, village president, town chair, or a municipal employee or official they have designated.
  • Permits issued or sold by fireworks vendors bearing either a pre-printed, stamped, or printed signature of the local official in which the permittee information is completed by the vendor or the buyer are not valid or legal
  • The permit is only valid in the jurisdiction it was issued.
  • Permit may require a bond or insurance.
  • Permit must specify the kind and quantity of fireworks allowed to be used or possessed.
  • Permit must specify the location of where fireworks can be used or possessed.
  • Permit must have a specific date of use for the fireworks.
  • Permit must specify the date on which fireworks can be purchased.
  • Persons with a valid permit may transport fireworks from the place they were purchased to the jurisdiction their use has been permitted.


  • Possession, use, or selling to a person without a valid permit is subject to a forfeiture of up to $1000. Each firework used or possessed may be a separate violation.
  • A parent or guardian allowing a minor to use or possess is subject to a forfeiture of up to $1000. Not including fireworks that do not require a permit.