No fireworks allowed in state parks

No fireworks allowed in state parks Discharging fireworks is prohibited on all lands owned or leased by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The ban includes state parks, recreation areas, lakeside use areas, game production areas and nature areas. Discharging fireworks is also illegal within the exterior boundaries of the Black Hills forest fire protection district, national forests and national parks within South Dakota.

According to Doug Hofer, state parks director, campgrounds are traditionally very busy during the Fourth of July holiday, with both campers and those enjoying the park for the day.

"Combining fireworks and large numbers of people creates a dangerous situation," Hofer said.

"It also creates a serious fire hazard in parks that have an abundance of dry vegetation. Let's keep the parks safe and fun this 4th of July."

For more information on the South Dakota state parks, visit or call (605) 773-3391.

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