Illegal fireworks complaints about the same as usual in Kewaunee County this July 4
KEWAUNEE COUNTY – While law enforcement agencies in neighboring counties responded to an unusually high number of complaints on July 4, county agencies said the holiday was mostly business as usual this year.
Community fireworks shows were canceled across much of the state because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to concerns that illegal fireworks — in Wisconsin, that basically means any firework without a local permit that explodes or launches off the ground — would proliferate in the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend.
That proved to be the case in Door County, where the sheriff's department responded to 116 calls on July 4, compared to 83 the year before, and 19 of those were for illegal fireworks. Brown County agencies responded to 123 fireworks complaints between April 22 and June 22, compared to 20 such calls over the same period in 2019.
But it was a more-or-less typical July 4 for law enforcement in Kewaunee County, perhaps aided by having just one of three planned public fireworks show called off.
The annual day-long celebration in Kewaunee was canceled, but two Algoma businesses went on with their annual fireworks shows over Lake Michigan — the annual Dave's Annual Fireworks Show outside At the Water's Edge Bed and Breakfast, and another as part of the Blessing of the Fleet at Smashed on the Rocks Saloon.
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The Sheriff's Department responded to five calls for illegal fireworks, which Sheriff Matt Joski said is about the same as past years. Joski noted that the county's townships granted a larger number of fireworks permits to businesses or private parties this year.
"People were firing (fireworks) off," he said. "But whether it was something under permit or people didn't feel like complaining, there weren't a lot of calls."
Algoma Police Chief Randy Remiker also said his department received about the same number of calls as usual for a July 4. He said Crescent Beach was busy throughout the day, but it appeared people were practicing social distancing in small groups and there were no complaints, with illegal parking the only real concern.
Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or [email protected]
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Illegal fireworks complaints about the same as usual in Kewaunee County this July 4