No fireworks are allowed in South Dakota state parks

No fireworks are allowed in South Dakota state parks The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is always a busy time in South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas. As you celebrate, Game, Fish and Parks officials ask you to please leave your fireworks at home.

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.

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