Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Ban on Throwing Snowballs
The recent round of snow is bringing attention to a city ordinance in Wisconsin. It's illegal to throw snowballs in some parts of Wausau.Some adults want to suck all the joy out of childhood. I remember putting rocks in snowballs, dipping snowballs in water so they'd have an icy exterior, caching snowballs in our snow forts, and throwing snowballs at kids from Eastern Avenue if they dared to set foot on our street.
Snowballs are lumped in with missiles, rocks, arrows, none of which are you allowed to throw.
The ordinance decrees that you can't throw snowballs anywhere on public property — not on sidewalks, city streets, or at school. If you do, you could be fined.
"It's really in the interest of public safety. A lot of it is just consideration and common sense. You don't throw stuff at people, period," Wausau Mayor Robert B. Mielke said.
Mielke says the ordinance was brought forward years ago after some issues with projectiles.
The police department can't remember a time when someone was fined for throwing a snowball.
Only one incident temporarily dampened my enthusiasm for throwing snowballs. I threw a snowball at a car once, and the driver got out and chased me.