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Mayor Declares Burning Ban; Council to Meet Saturday to Discuss Fireworks

Continued dry conditions prompt decision to forbid burning in the city of Muskego, but a decision to revoke fireworks privileges will have to be decided by Common Council, which will meet Saturday morning.

According to a release from the City of Muskego, Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, upon recommendation of the Fire Chief and upon notice from the DNR has declared a burning ban throughout the city.

"I, by this proclamation, declare an emergency and forbid the setting of fires within the City or any part thereof and/or will have this notice broadcast on radio or TV. After broadcasting this notice, no person shall set any fire upon land in such area except for warming a person or cooking food or the Muskego Water Bugs fireworks show on Little Muskego Lake until the expiration of such emergency," the release stated.

This will mean the July 3rd show will go on, and residents can cook food on a grill, but that's about it.

If a decision is made to lift the ban, similar notice will be given.

Saturday the Common Council is scheduled to meet to discuss a fireworks ban, which would render all use of class C fireworks illegal, whether a permit was granted or not. More information on whether refunds would be issued should that be the case will be available after the meeting.

Heidi Lindhorst June 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Oh, this is going to be painful but it beats burning the house down accidentally. Absolutely the right decision. Any chance we could get an amnesty period after the next heavy rain?
Richard June 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
realistically fireworks sales should be banned. Anyone who buys fireworks intends on setting them off. Shut down the sales or really increase fines for firing off fireworks.
Scandihovian Lady June 30, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I was just watching Channel 12 news regarding the fireworks ban in Milwaukee, I read the above article on Patch that Mayor Chiaverotti declared a needed burn ban in Muskego, there is meeting tomorrow with Muskego Common Council regarding fireworks, and am hearing all the warnings about how errant fireworks can cause house fires and serious bodily damage. I turned off the TV a few minutes ago and walked out on my deck and was hearing and watching fireworks on the west side of Little Muskego Lake. What is with people? A fireworks ban is needed is Muskego, but it's the same inconsiderate people who shoot off fireworks during the night in summer, and disturb peoples sleep, that will ignore it knowing there will probably be no enforcement because it will be difficult to do. And if someone's home goes up in flames as a result, how can it be proven who is to blame? The majority of people in Muskego are law abiding citizens, but there are those who just don't care about there own personal safety or property or those of others. What can be done?
cj June 30, 2012 at 02:49 PM
All fireworks should be banned till it rains, especially ground fire crackers.

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