Sunday Sound-off: Did new laws affect your fireworks fun?
Milwaukee police cracked down on fireworks this year, and possession fines doubled compared to last year. Anyone lighting a firework is subject to a $500-$1,000 fine, and this includes sparklers.
In March, the Common Council voted to increase the fireworks penalties, which used to range from $100 to $500 per violation. Plus, parents and guardians can face fines of $1,000 for allowing kids to use fireworks, and unpaid fines can result in up to 40 days in jail.
What are your thoughts on this? Did the new laws curb your penchant for patriotic pyromania? Or did you spark up the sky as usual? Sound-off using the Talkback feature.
Happy Independence Day weekend, Milwaukee!
I passed on fireworks this year. I didn't want to risk a pricey ticket, so I didn't buy any fireworks this year. Plenty of my neighbors, however, didn't seem to care about the new laws.
I still lit fireworks. I think the new law is crazy. Fireworks are a traditional way to celebrate the birth of our country. I will always light off fireworks on the Fourth of July, regardless of what the law says.
The laws do not affect me in any means at all!I had fun with my son and nephew and nieces on the fourth.We had so many fireworks going it was almost tiring.How about milwaukee concentrates on th bigger issues in town,like people shooting each other!It's just crap how many stupid laws we can make to enforce the ego's of certain politicians and/or "upstanding citizens!"
I would like to know how may tickets were actually issued. I know on my block the m-80s were going off til at least midnight! Great Job MPD!!!
We had a discussion on the fourth regarding what was legal and what wasn't. Some said all and others said sparklers we legal. Everyone was very unsure so we resulted in not using any fireworks for fear of getting a ticket for what we did in the privacy of our own backyard. I say that there should be laws on SOME fireworks but do not enact a law and put fear in everyone while law breakers launch them off with no tickets. Can I just have a Fourth where I can celebrate my free freedom of British oppression without the fear of my own city's oppression? (Yeah, a bit dramatic)
How many people were killed as a result of fireworks in Milwaukee on the Fourth of July? I'm pretty sure the answer is none. How many people were killed as a result of large gatherings of people in the inner city? I'm pretty sure that answer is three. Maybe the city needs to enact and enforce a law banning large gatherings within the inner city limits. Obviously the police and the city have much larger problems than people using fireworks on the Fourth.
We need MORE government in our lives telling us what is best for us. If it wasn't for this law, I'd probably be eating lit sparklers and aiming bottle rockets directly at my children and pets. Please government, tell me how to live my life so that I don't have to make ANY decisions on my own!
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