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Fireworks Demand Caution and Common Sense

Every year thousands of Americans are injured in fireworks related accidents. The Madison Fire Department would like area residents to have an "injury-free Fourth".

The best way to avoid injuries involving fireworks, is to not use them in the first place. Instead, attend public displays conducted by fireworks professionals.

Under City of Madison ordinances only sparklers, snakes, snaps, caps and party poppers are legal within the City limits.

The forfeiture for violating MGO, 34.3308(1), UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF FIREWORKS is:

  • Adult - 1st. Offense, $334.50
  • Adult - 2nd. Offense and Subsequent Offences, $429.00
  • Juvenile, $114.00

If you decide to use fireworks, please follow these safety tips:

  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Always have a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby
  • Never try to re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Never give fireworks to small children
  • Never throw fireworks at another person
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets
  • Never take fireworks or pets to public firework displays. Fireworks are dangerous around large crowds and pets. Dogs especially have sensitive hearing and do not tolerate fireworks very well.

USE CAUTION and COMMON SENSE to have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday. For further information contact the Community Education Unit at (608) 266-4420.