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Gundersen Health System urges fireworks safety


 LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -  With the fourth of July holiday right around the corner, Gundersen Health System and local emergency departments want to remind you to be safe around fireworks.

Gundersen Health System said eye injuries and burns are the most common injuries and each year nearly 1,800 fires start because of those fireworks.

Division Chief Craig Snyder of the La Crosse Fire Department said the most common cause of fires is not disposing of fireworks properly.

"Once these products go into the air you have no idea where they're going to land...sometimes they go up in the air and misfire, so that shell actually doesn't explode so once it hits the ground it can cause a fire, burn, or explode," said Snyder.

Snyder said if you do use fireworks make sure they are legal and have a bucket of water near by to put them in after you use them.

Snyder children under the age of 18 should not use fireworks.

In the State of Wisconsin, the only legal fireworks allowed without a valid permit are:


Stationary cones and fountains

Toy snakes

Smoke bombs



Confetti poppers with less than 1/4 of a grain of explosive

All other fireworks including roman candles, firecrackers, bottle rockets, mortars, etc. - anything that explodes or leaves the ground - are illegal.  Only individuals with a government issued permit are allowed these types of fireworks. Permits issued or sold by vendors are not valid.

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