SD Fire Marshal Urges Fourth of July Fireworks Safety

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PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Today marks the first day that retail sale of fireworks is allowed in South Dakota. State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is urging South Dakotans to play it safe as they celebrate. Merriman says fireworks are a traditional part of the Independence Day celebration, but each year, they bring a few injuries and some unintentional fires. He says conditions across much of the state this year are extremely dry and people need to cooperate in using common sense. Fireworks sales are legal from June 27 through July 5 in the state. They can be discharged during that time, as long as local ordinances allow. Merriman says some cities have more stringent limits on use of fireworks, so it is best to check local regulations. He advises that those celebrating the Fourth follow the instructions on the products and avoid using fireworks in places where fires could start. He also says though most younger children like sparklers, they can cause painful burns and should only be used with adult supervision.

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