MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds those celebrating July 4 that fireworks are prohibited on all DNR lands, including state parks, forests and state-owned public hunting and fishing properties.

“For the safety of our guests and our natural resources, and in accordance with state law, fireworks are prohibited on state properties,” said Chris Madison, chief ranger with the Wisconsin State Park System, in a news release. “Although Fourth of July favorites such as the sparkler and the snakes are not defined as ‘fireworks’ per state law, we discourage their use because they are a fire hazard.”

A citation for illegal fireworks in a state park or forest can cost up to $200. Parents could also be liable for the full costs of extinguishing a fire started by their children.

“Most wildfires caused by fireworks occur around the Fourth of July holiday or under extended drought conditions,” said Catherine Koele, DNR wildfire prevention specialist, in the release. “But the reality is, wildfires can occur anytime the ground is not completely snow-covered.”

Fireworks are restricted in Wisconsin, and permits may be required. Check with local officials before purchase and usage. A city, village, town or county may also have ordinances that strictly limit fireworks sales or possession.

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