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Fireworks Cancellations Across South Dakota

July 2, 2012, 5:47 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Fireworks Cancellations Across South Dakota

The extreme fire danger has snuffed out Independence Day fireworks in much of South Dakota.

Officials in six western counties have stepped up to ban fireworks use. That includes Pennington, Lawrence, Custer Fall River Butte, and Meade Counties.

Meade County has also banned campfires. Fireworks and campfires are also banned in the Ft. Pierre National Grassland.

On Sunday, Custer County officials put the word out canceling their show. But the city says other events will continue as scheduled.

Pennington County has been under a burn ban for a week now. Monday Rapid City fire officials formally cancelled all four fireworks displays in the city.  The Elks Club, Arrowhead Country Club, Post 22 and Memorial Park all had shows planned.

Mount Rushmore will continue its Fourth of July celebration but once again has also announced fireworks will not light up the mountain. Fireworks have been suspended at Mount Rushmore since 2010 because of the dry conditions caused by the pine beetle infestation.

While things are dry East River too, the boom will still be heard in Minnehaha County. Fire officials here have asked people not to use fireworks, but have stopped short of a ban. County officials say while it is dry here, the county does not fall into an extreme category required by law to impose a ban.

In Sioux Falls, police say bottle rockets, roman candles, parachutes, or any device that projects fire or explosive materials are illegal. Sparklers and snakes are allowed, but police also say get permission from the property owner before striking a match.

For the latest burn bans West River, visit the Black Hills Fire Restrictions website.

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