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No fireworks allowed in Upper Miss refuge

Brad Williams



Lots of 4th of July fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, which may lead some folks to buy their own firecrackers and rockets. 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service warns, don’t bring them to the Upper Mississippi Refuge. 

Getting caught with fireworks in the refuge might cost you $225. 

The refuge officials want to avoid littering, and they also say that fireworks can frighten and confuse animals, and possibly harm them if they ingest litter from the devices.  

Glass bottles also will not be allowed on refuge beaches, at the risk of a $175 fine.

The refuge includes most islands on a stretch of the Mississippi that includes four states, from Wabasha to Rock Island.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Sara Kessler

    June 23, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    Hope the Town of Onalaska board members have seen this article when they vote tonight on whether to allow a fireworks event at a SMALL town park location.

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