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Fire marshal: Be safe, have fun when using fireworks

PIERRE (AP) -- State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is urging people who celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks to be safe. Fireworks sales in South Dakota are legal from June 27 until July 5. Merriman says fire officials want people to have fun...

PIERRE (AP) - State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman is urging people who celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks to be safe.

Fireworks sales in South Dakota are legal from June 27 until July 5. Merriman says fire officials want people to have fun while also exercising caution.

Hot weather has increased fire danger in some areas of South Dakota. He says fireworks cause a few injuries and unintentional fires every year.

Merriman says people should follow the instructions on the product, avoid using fireworks in areas where a fire could start and keep a source of water nearby. He adds children should only use sparkers with adult supervision.

 

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