OUR VIEW: Have a fun holiday, be smart with fireworksRetail sales of fireworks began this week, and with that annual summertime milestone comes a few things to remember. We love fireworks. Who doesn’t?
Retail sales of fireworks began this week, and with that annual summertime milestone comes a few things to remember. We love fireworks. Who doesn’t?
There’s nothing like the enjoyment of a safe and sound fireworks display, whether it’s lounging in a lawn chair at a city-sponsored event or in a friend’s back yard. But as the summer fireworks season begins, we remind readers to check their local laws before putting punk to fuse and sending that screaming rocket skyward. The city of Mitchell, for instance, does not allow the discharging of fireworks within city limits. South Dakota Fire Marshal Paul Merriman issued a press release this week urging South Dakotans to pay close attention to local laws, since some towns and cities are stricter than others this time of year. He also noted that fireworks sales are legal from June 27 through July 5 in South Dakota.
Here’s a telling quote from Merriman:
“Err on the side of caution, and if there’s any doubt at all whether you are in a safe location, please find a better spot to use your fireworks. Beyond that, if the instructions say to light the fuse and get away, please do that. Don’t combine different types of fireworks or try to explode home-made ones. Keep a source of water handy and never try to relight a dud.”
And finally, please remember that this is a dry time in South Dakota. Forest fires are ravaging the Black Hills at this very moment, and it’s just a matter of time before prairie fires spark here in our region.
No fireworks display is worth a fire that causes property damage.
The Fourth of July is a wonderful holiday, and fireworks can be a great part of the tradition.
But please be careful. Please.