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Fireworks laws around South Dakota

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Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 11:00 AM CDT
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Law enforcement officials are offering safety tips for fireworks use, while also issuing a reminder about fireworks laws.

In Thursday's media briefing, officials from the Sioux Falls Police Department, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, and the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office each spoke regarding fireworks use.

Sgt. Sean Kooistra said any fireworks that launch a projectile or have a loud bang are illegal within Sioux Falls city limits. Fireworks that are allowed include sparklers, smoke bombs, and fountains.

Kooistra said extra officers will be on duty this weekend to respond to fireworks calls. The fine for violating the ordinance is $107.50.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Mike Top advised anyone who uses fireworks to "be prepared for problems." He said people should have water nearby. He also said any fireworks should be soaked in water before they are thrown away. In past years, the fire department has dealt with fires that flared up in garbage cans due to still-smoldering fireworks.

Top also said sparklers burn dangerously hot. He said glow sticks are a safe alternative for children.

Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office Capt. Joe Bosman said while fireworks are legal outside Sioux Falls city limits, people still have to abide by state laws. Different communities may also have their own specific laws, so he asked people to be aware of those rules.

Top also asked people who discharge fireworks to clean up after themselves. He said each year, his office receives complaints from people who find discarded remains from fireworks on rural roads.

Fireworks laws in other communities
Aberdeen:

: Discharge of fireworks is prohibited by city ordinance, according to Aberdeen Fire Rescue. Discharge of fireworks is also prohibited within one mile of any city property outside of the corporate city limits.

Watertown:

It is illegal to discharge fireworks within Watertown city limits, according to the city's police department. The one exception is that fireworks may be discharged in the area immediately around Lake Kampeska on the 4th of July only. A violation of the fireworks ordinance carries a $160.00 fine.

Brookings:

It is illegal to light fireworks within Brookings City limits, police say.

Pierre:

The lighting of fireworks that have a projectile or a report are usually illegal in Pierre, but city leaders are making an exception this year due to COVID-19. The Pierre Capital Journal reports the city is making fireworks legal this year over concerns that people might travel to Fort Pierre, where fireworks are legal, and congregate in large groups to watch fireworks.

Mitchell:

Fireworks can be discharged on July 3 and 4 between noon and 11:59 p.m. However, police say projectile fireworks that fly in the air are illegal.

Huron:

It is illegal to discharge any fireworks within city limits, according to the Huron Police Department. It is also unlawful to possess fireworks in a public place that are not sealed in their original packaging.

Yankton:

Written permission is required for fireworks displays within city limits, police say. Novelty items like sparklers and smoke bombs are legal.

Vermillion:

Fireworks that launch in the area or have a report are illegal.

State parks:

The use of any fireworks in South Dakota state park is illegal.

Black Hills:

Fireworks are prohibited int he Black Hills National Forest and the

, which encompasses most of the Black Hills.