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Council Votes to Ban Fireworks

Recent dry conditions had prompted a burning ban from the mayor, and fireworks were likely to follow.

Although Muskego residents can still enjoy the celebration on Little Muskego Lake on July 3rd including a fireworks show at dusk, no other personal use of fireworks will be allowed.

In a special session of the Common Council on Saturday, the continued lack of rain was at the heart of concerns, and made for a unanimous vote to rescind the permits held by resident to set off class C fireworks (pretty much anything sold in those red and white tents sprinkled throughout the city). Sparklers are also included in the ban, as they burn at a far higher temperature that many others.

This ban follows closely behind a from Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. It forbids any burning with the exception of barbecues.

The resolution passed states that anyone holding a valid permit for this year will have the option to request a refund, or hope that a ban is lifted before July 7. The city allows fireworks to be used with a permit in normal circumstances from July 1 to 7, with each permit holder designating a three-day window to set theirs off. Should the ban be lifted prior to July 7, the resolution would allow usage by all permit holders regardless of which three-day window they had originally selected.

If the ban extends past July 7, 2012 permits will be valid for the following year (2013), but permit holders must resubmit appropriate proof of insurance at that time.

"We have every reason to believe the ban will extend beyond July 7," said Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. "We have little hope that we'll see the rain."

Fire Chief Carl 'Skip' Wojnowski said that although many of Muskego's lawns look greener than other communities, "you still have a lot of material below that grass that is dead, and can spread a fire quickly."

Permit holders, and there are about 60 residents with valid individual permits in the city, will be contacted directly by the Muskego Police Department.

Residents are urged to be cautious with any burning materials, including the use of cigarettes, as the risk of fire is high in this portion of the state.

Muskego Mike July 01, 2012 at 04:02 AM
This is going to be great to watch. We are going to need a lot more cops come Wednesday evening.
Denise Konkol July 01, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Actually, I was expecting a lot of noise last night in our neighborhood., just because it was the weekend. Maybe the heat's getting to people and they're staying indoors, but it was realllly quiet. Anyone else?
Geri LeBoeuf Peterson July 01, 2012 at 08:35 PM
We live across from Bass Bay, and we usually see a lot of fireworks the week of, but it has been really quiet too.
Muskego Mike July 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I was wrong. In my area of Muskego we had just a few people with fireworks. No cops in the area but most people seemed to obey the ban. Seems like there should be a follow-up story on the number of tickets handed out (I may have missed it). What did other people see around the lakes.

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