July 4 partyers beware: Upper Mississippi wildlife refuge prohibits fireworks

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — People venturing into the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge with fireworks for July 4 should be aware that they face stiff fines just for possession.

Fireworks are banned on the refuge because the noise disturbs wildlife, and the pyrotechnics leave debris to be cleaned up, refuge officials say.

“Fireworks and even the possession of fireworks is $225 (fine), and glass and glass bottles are a $175 fine,” said Hallie Rasmussen, visitor services manager at the refuge’s La Crosse office.

Federal law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for fireworks and glass bottles during the holiday weekend, she said.