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4th of July reminder: All fireworks in Milwaukee are illegal and can cost you up to $1,000 in fines

While many check out the big fireworks displays in the area, some of you probably plan to launch your own. Firework sales are legal in Wisconsin but that doesn't mean you can use them.

"This is my first time but i'm really excited about it." Rian Parcell is planning his own display.

"I wanna do something for the kids so the bright ones that go in the air."

And he's not the only one. At Phantom Fireworks in Racine County, people wait in line up to two hours in the days leading up to the 4th of July. 

But just because these fireworks are legal to buy, doesn't mean they're legal to use.

"Every city is going to be different from the laws of what they allow people to shoot off."

In Milwaukee, all fireworks are illegal. Anything that emits smoke, a bang or a sparkle could cost you up to $1,000 in fines. A similar ban is in place in Waukesha.

"If you get anything that goes up in the air, or explodes, there's a four dollar permit you have to get from us. And that's to purchase, possess, and transport here in this town."

But that permit only allows you to launch on a certain day and time in the town of Raymond. If you're launching anywhere else, you better check with the town or city to make sure you're clear for lift off.

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