Wisconsin Department of Justice Fireworks Law 2008
The following information was provided by Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger.
The possession, sale and use of fireworks in Wisconsin is strictly regulated by section 167.10 of the Wisconsin statutes. This advisory summarizes Wisconsin fireworks law and answers common questions and corrects common misunderstandings about the law.
Please note that there were two revisions to section 167.10 in the 2007 Budget Bill. The first revision allows for the sale of fireworks to an individual or group of individuals who hold a valid permit. The second revision allows for the sale of fireworks to “a non-resident person.” The statute still requires that fireworks be possessed or used in Wisconsin only by individuals who hold a valid permit.
Local ordinances may also regulate fireworks and may be stricter than state law, but cannot be less strict. This advisory discusses only state law, so some devices or materials described as legal in this advisory may be prohibited by a local ordinance.
For more information on permits, penalties and enforcement, visit the Waukesha County website and search for “Fireworks”.