South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman reminds people to be careful with fireworks during the 4th of July holiday. Sale of fireworks began Wednesday, June 27, and can be purchased until Thursday, July 5. It is legal to discharge fireworks through Sunday, July 8.
Fire Marshal Merriman says, “Most years, the concern is about discharging fireworks in dry conditions… But, unintentional fires started by fireworks can start in any type of conditions regardless of rainfall amounts. It still comes down to common sense, following the instructions on the fireworks, and not discharging fireworks around people and buildings.”
Some cities have adopted fireworks limits stricter than state law, so Merriman suggests checking local ordinances and regulations. He also offered a few simple safety tips: follow the instructions on the product, avoid using fireworks in places where a fire could start, keep a source of water handy, and use adult supervision.
The City of Milbank has an ordinance that does not allow the use of fireworks within the city limits.
Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke says, “We are fortunate to have a wetter 4th of July this year, but he also reminds everyone to obey the laws and remain a safe distance from buildings and vehicles. Every year, we get fire calls from fireworks hitting or landing in or on buildings.”
Schuelke added, ” Never light duds, have a bucket of water or water hose handy, and don’t experiment. Use only according to directions! For best safety practices, Schuelke says “Wear safety glasses and wet down spent fireworks and place in a metal container away from any combustibles.” Have fun and be responsible!