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Heat Prompts Fireworks, Burning Ban
MILWAUKEE -- Despite burning bans in several communities in Southeastern Wisconsin, people are flocking to fireworks stores just days before Independence day.
New Berlin, Newburg, Kenosha and Brookfield are just among the towns that have issued a burning ban, prohibiting the use of all fireworks due to the severe heat.
"It just makes a fire simpler to start," said Ralph Gallow, Acting Deputy Chief for the Milwaukee Fire Department. "Whether it's in a patch of grass, a pile of brush or a small garage... a fire once it gets a hold of one area it starts to multiply in seconds," Gallow added.
The use of fireworks is strictly prohibited in the city of Milwaukee, but it is permitted in certain communities.
Milwaukee officials want to warn people they will be vigilent. If anyone is caught with an item that emits smoke or sparkle, they could face fines from $500 to $1000.