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La Crosse cops answer dozens of fireworks complaints over holiday



The peak fireworks season may be past, with the 4th of July behind us, but you never know when some rude neighbor could start lighting firecrackers late at night. 

That leads to babies crying, dogs barking, and people calling the police. 

In La Crosse, Sergeant Cory Brandl says the department got around 80 complaints about loud fireworks between Friday and Monday of the holiday weekend.  That was more than 10 per cent of all their calls, says Brandl.    

The city fine for using illegal fireworks is $130.  And Brandl says if you’re setting off the “fun ones,” those are probably not legal.     

Brandl says pets, children, and veterans can be disturbed by loud fireworks.  His advice: “Be a kind neighbor.”


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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