Rapid City, S.D. – Independence Day is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year for first responders, and local officials urge the public to use caution and stay safe.
The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Rapid City Fire Department, and Rapid City Police Department want to remind the public of applicable fireworks regulations:
In Pennington County (outside of any municipality, such as Rapid City), all fireworks are prohibited between June 20-July 2 if the fire danger reaches the ‘extreme’ category on the South Dakota grassland fire index. Currently, Pennington County is considered ‘high fire danger.’
If recent hot and dry conditions continue, there is potential for the grassland fire index in Pennington County to reach the ‘extreme’ level. Before lighting any fireworks through July 2, county residents should check the current conditions at www.crh.noaa.gov/unr/firewx/rfd.php
Fireworks are prohibited inside the Black Hills Fire Protection District. It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to shoot fireworks anywhere inside the Black Hills Fire Protection District.
Rapid City residents will be permitted to buy and use certain novelty fireworks, including party poppers, snappers, sparklers, toy caps, and flitter sparklers. Use of any other fireworks within one mile of the city is an offense punishable by a fine of up to $500, 30 days in jail, or both.
Fireworks are prohibited inside the city limits of Wall.
Fireworks are permitted inside the city limits in New Underwood only on July 4.
In addition, officials are advising those who use fireworks to use extreme caution to prevent accidents, injuries, and fires.
- When using fireworks, keep a hose or water bucket nearby.
- Spectators should always keep a safe distance from fireworks.
- Young children should not be allowed to light or play with fireworks.
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
- Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. Designate a sober person to handle and light all fireworks.
- Buckle up and designate a sober driver. Law enforcement will ramp up patrols over the holiday, with extra DUI enforcement throughout the city and county.