EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – Before you send fireworks into the sky this holiday, Eau Claire officers want to remind the community of ordinances that could leave you with a costly citation.
According to officials, the number of firework complaints has doubled in the last five years.
“I think more people are using fireworks, but they’re not always clear on the specific laws in the city of Eau Claire. There are pretty strict laws here,” Officer Josh Miller said. “Then people know that we’re enforcing, so they’re going to be more likely to call.”
Last Fourth of July, the department responded to 124 calls for service regarding fireworks. Sixteen citations were issued, which officials say is an increase from previous years. The citations, issued on a first offense, cost upward of $200.
“Good rule of thumb: if it goes up into the air, if it explodes, it’s gonna be illegal,” Miller said. “If it just smokes, emits sparks, then it’s probably okay, but it’s pretty strict.”
Miller advises those participating in the holiday to be safe, watch their alcohol intake and be aware of the ordinances to avoid paying the expensive repercussions.
The specific ordinances in relation to fireworks can be found on the department’s website.