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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.




You are about to enter…..

A danger zone.

This Just In reader, to grasp the full effect of this incredibly serious blog, please click the following and listen, listen, listen….


The JAWS music?

Damn good, by the way.

A ploy to set the mood and drag you in.

How'd I do?

I have to admit.

What is about to unfold has absolutely nothing to do with sharks.

Or the water.


America has just entered a danger zone.

Tucked inside my Sunday church bulletin this past weekend was a flyer produced and printed by the Milwaukee Police Department titled, "THE DANGERS OF FIREWORKS."

One of the bullet points in the flyer states that the majority of fireworks injuries in America occur during a 30 day period (June 23rd - July 23rd). The MPD’s source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Fire Administration, National Fire Data Center, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Aren’t they supposed to be issuing Orange Alerts when the threat of terrorism is high?


Do you know what this means?

We have officially entered FIREWORKS CAN KILL YOU…TONIGHT ON THE 10:00 NEWS territory.

You have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to figure out Wisconsin’s fireworks law. Try to follow along. The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office writes, “State law allows the sale, possession and use, without a permit, of sparklers not exceeding 36 inches in length, stationary cones and fountains, toy snakes, smoke bombs, caps, noisemakers, confetti poppers with less than ¼ grain of explosive mixture, and novelty devices that spin or move on the ground. There is no age restriction on sale, possession or use of these devices and the statute does not classify them as fireworks”

OK. I get that. State law says among the fireworks that are legal are sparklers.

But wait. Back to the AG:

“Local ordinances may be more restrictive than state statutes and may prohibit any of these items or limit their sale or use.”


Let’s return to the MPD flyer placed strategically in my church bulletin Sunday:

“Remember all fireworks are illegal in the City of Milwaukee, even if they were purchased outside of the City limits. Any item that emits smoke, a bang, or sparkle is considered illegal.”

All fireworks?

Every single one of them?


Even those tiny sparklers?

You bet your bottle rockets.

Because, after all, someone could die. Or have an eye poked out.

The flyer goes on to produce more stats from Homeland Security about fireworks injuries and accidents.

Do these injuries and accidents occur? Of course they do. But I submit only if you are a complete numbskull. Or your parents are clueless. Most fun-loving Americans are fully capable of using the brains the good Lord gave them and celebrate with pyrotechnics safely.

In the city of Milwaukee, where cars are allowed to speed through town recklessly to party whenever there’s a Hispanic observation, the penalties are pretty stiff if you dare light up a sparkler in honor of Independence Day.

“Any item that emits smoke, a bang, or sparkle is considered illegal and is upon conviction subject to a fine of not less than $500.00 or more than $1,000.00 for an adult who uses or consents to the use of fireworks by a minor.”

Here is the MPD flyer.

Shouldn’t the MPD be concerned about more serious matters than sparklers?

Here’s a thought. How about flyers warning against committing voter fraud? How about MPD flyers that inform
each felony count for voter fraud carries a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years behind bars and a $10,000 fine?

Nahh! Will never happen. Under current leadership,
the MPD isn’t interested in voter fraud.

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