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Celebrating the Fourth with a fireworks display

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For some people, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July is about as American as it gets.

"It's the one time of year that we can blow something up, make a little noise, just have a great time," said Derrick Sukow, the store manager at Fireworks Depot.

At the Fireworks Depot in Merrill, the sky's the limit. Freedom lovers can test out tricks like the Climbing Panda and Dyno Pyro -- the Midnight Monsoon or the Matador.

"It's almost endless with some of the things that happen," said Sukow. "They're coming out with new cars, new tanks, new sparklers. They're getting neon colors. That's something that has been so exciting."

But, as with many things in life, there are rules you need to follow to help make sure everyone stays safe.

"If it leaves the ground or it explodes, it's a violation to have that or it's illegal if you have that if you don't have a permit," said Marathon County Sheriff's Department Lt. Dale Wisnewski. "State statutes, you can be fined up to $1,000 for a violation of the fireworks statutes."

According to state rules, if you light something that leaves the ground or blows up, you need a permit. And many area authorities have a zero tolerance policy. Even though you need a permit for some of the bigger ones, you can still light sparklers or use some other items without one.

Pyrotechnic experts said there are a few new toys this year -- fireworks giving off different colors of smoke or light and new sounds too. 

"There's small children. There's obviously young adults, older adults that are really looking for shows so we really try to cater to everybody," said Sukow.

As long as you follow the rules, local authorities said you're free to celebrate the way you want.

"We want people to enjoy the holiday and be able to have fun with their families," said Lt. Wisnewski. "As long as they're safe and responsible, we rarely will get involved in that."

To find out more about state fireworks laws, you can click on this link.

To get a fireworks permit for the city of Wausau, you can click on this link.

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