In advance of upcoming Fourth of July celebrations, a county authority said there are only a handful of fireworks residents are allowed to set off without a permit.
Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meister reminded county residents Wednesday that sparklers less than 36 inches long, cones, fountains, snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers, confetti poppers with less than 1/4 grain of explosive mixture, and novelty devices that spin on the ground are allowed. However, possessing or using other fireworks, including firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars, without a valid permit is illegal.
Meister said permits may be issued by mayors, village presidents, town chairs or any person designated by those individuals in a municipality. The permit is only valid in the city, village or town of the issuing official. The permit must also specify a location and a date for permitted use; a range of dates is not allowed. Permits cannot be issued to minors.