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Fireworks go on sale Saturday in South Dakota; fire marshal urges safety ahead of holiday

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PIERRE, South Dakota — Fire officials in South Dakota are urging safety ahead of the July 4 holiday.

Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says fire officials see a few injuries and unintentional fires every year from fireworks.

Legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota starts Saturday. People can discharge fireworks legally up until July 5 this year.

Individual cities may adopt stricter limits on fireworks, and Merriman suggests residents check local ordinances.

Merriman says that while there has been more rain in most of South Dakota this summer, the public still needs to be careful when discharging fireworks.

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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