John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Old fireworks become unstable and turn into nitroglycerin as they age. These fireworks can cause you to lose some fingers, parts of your face and even your vision. This is why we have controled fireworks in our parks on special occasions. In the past, due to the heavy amount of injuries to people who played around with fireworks, it was decided to have controled presentations of fireworks.
The "Safe and Sane 4th" Association became The Humboldt Park 4th of July Association, and was founded in 1910. The City of Milwaukee created its "4th of July Commission" in 1911 to create a city-wide controled Independence Day celebration with a full day of activities followed by a fireworks presentation for the entire family to enjoy. With the help of many volunteers, our association has continued until this day.
If you read some of the old newspapers in the library, you can confirm the amount of injuries and deaths due to careless use of fireworks. This is why we had to control their usage. Playing with fireworks is like playing with small forms of dynamite. If it sweats and forms nitrogycerin, you could be handling a piece capable of causing you major injuries or even your death. If you own any fireworks that are beginning to sweat, please take them to your nearest fire station to have them destroy it. Your life is not worth playing around with something that could cause your death. If you own a gun, and have old ammunition, you could have the same problem. Place this ammunition in your weapon and it could explode when fired. Gun powder and nitrogycerin can be lethal to own. Please be careful when handling them.