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Fireworks Safety

State fire marshal encourages safe use of fireworks


News Staff - June 30, 2020

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota’s Fire Marshal says safety must be a priority when it comes to using fireworks this July Fourth holiday.

The discharge of fireworks is a part of the holiday celebration. But Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says if not handled properly, fireworks can also become deadly.

“Every year throughout the nation, we hear stories of people getting hurt or being killed because of fireworks,” he said. “There is also the chance for property damage when the fireworks are not properly used.”

With the recent hot and dry conditions, Merriman said that also poses a potential risk for those using fireworks. Other firework safety tips can be found here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks.

Firework sales are legal in South Dakota from this Saturday, June 27, through Sunday, July 5. The final day to legally discharge fireworks is July 5.

Various municipalities allow fireworks use, so residents are encouraged to check with their local officials.

In Sturgis, residents are allowed to discharge fireworks within city limits on July 3rd until 10:00 p.m. and on July 4th to 11:00 p.m.

 



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