The official start date to buy fireworks is Monday.
That’s when retailers can legally begin selling fireworks in South Dakota ahead of Independence Day.
Officials are encouraging those who want to use fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July to use caution.
“It is still all about safety,” Fire Marshal Paul Merriman said in a statement. “We want people to have fun, but we want them to use legal fireworks and to be careful with them.”
Fireworks can be purchased until from June 27 to July 5, 2016.
This year, it’s legal to discharge fireworks through July 10.
Since some individual cities may adopt fireworks limits that are stricter than state law, Merriman suggests that citizens check local ordinances and regulations.
Recent hot weather also has increased the fire danger index in many areas of the state. Merriman says those who use fireworks have to be even more careful.
“Every year we have a few injuries and unintentional fires resulting from fireworks,” he says. “It still comes down to common sense. People need to realize that mishandled fireworks could start nearby vegetation or structures on fire. Always be careful, even with legal fireworks.”
Firework Safety Tips
- Follow the instructions on the product
- Avoid using fireworks in places where a fire could start
- Keep a source of water handy
- Many fireworks such as sparklers, which are popular with younger children, can cause painful burns and should be used with adult supervision.