To help reduce the overall use of illegal fireworks and related hazards during the celebration of Independence Day, the Green Bay Police Department is partnering with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department for fireworks enforcement beginning Friday, June 23rd, 2023, through Tuesday, July 4th, 2023. In this initiative, an officer along with a fire marshal will occasionally be jointly dispatched during the evening hours to calls related to illegal fireworks complaints. The two will also deliver notification to fireworks vendors within City of Green Bay to discuss what is and is not legal to be sold with and without valid permits, which will then be followed by compliance checks.
“The use of illegal fireworks possesses both a genuine safety concern as well as a quality-of-life issue for those within our community. The Green Bay Police Department takes illegal fireworks sales and use seriously but at the same time we ask that the public understands the reality of call volume and effective patrol response,” said Captain Clint Beguhn, Green Bay Police Department. “If you’re wondering whether a firework is legal or illegal to possess without a valid permit, legal fireworks do not leave the ground or explode, while illegal fireworks do.”
In the state of Wisconsin, a person who possesses or uses fireworks without a valid permit, or who sells fireworks to a person who does not have a valid permit, is subject to a forfeiture of up to $1,000 per violation. Each firework illegally possessed, used, or sold may be counted as a separate violation.
Examples of Legal Fireworks
Sparklers NOT exceeding 36 inches in length
Stationary cones and fountains
Confetti poppers with less than ¼ grain of explosive mixture
Novelty devices that spin or move on the ground
Examples of Illegal Fireworks (without a valid permit)
For details on the requirements to obtain a valid permit in the City of Green Bay, Please Click HERE and read the “Special Events Guide”, with special attention to Page 6.