Green Bay Police Partnering With Green Bay Metro Fire for Fireworks Enforcement

Posted on 6-21-2023

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
Toy snakes
Smoke bombs
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)

Roman candles
Bottle rockets

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.

City of Green Bay

Green Bay is a vibrant city located in the northeastern part of Wisconsin, situated on the beautiful shores of the Fox River and Green Bay. Our city is known for its rich history and strong community spirit.

The city of Green Bay was founded in 1834 and has since grown into a thriving urban center with a population of over 100,000 residents. We are home to numerous attractions, including the iconic Lambeau Field, which is the home stadium of the Green Bay Packers, and the National Railroad Museum, which showcases the history of the railroad industry.

Our city is also known for its outstanding parks and outdoor recreation opportunities, with over 50 parks and green spaces throughout the city, including the scenic Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and the beautiful Fox River Trail.

At the city of Green Bay, we are committed to providing excellent services to our residents, businesses, and visitors. We work hard to maintain a safe and welcoming community, and we strive to promote economic growth and prosperity.