The 4th of July is here. Please remember safety when using fireworks.

Follow any instructions provided for using fireworks. Look at the age restrictions on packaging to avoid any potential accidental injury to children. Always supervise children when they are using fireworks. Light your fireworks on a surface that won’t burn, avoid tall grass and shrubs. Never point them where they can hit people, animals, buildings or vehicles. Stand a safe distance away from them after they are lit. Most fireworks obviously can cause fires, so always have a bucket of water, garden hose or fire extinguisher nearby in case something goes wrong.

When you’re done with your fireworks, be sure to pick up the used packaging and any remnants and throw them away. Be respectful of your neighbors and community, and only set off fireworks in the time frames allowed by city and state ordinances. 

WESSINGTON SPRINGS CITY ORDINANCE (Title 7, Ch.6):  Fireworks permitted in Title 7, Chapter 6, Section 1 may be used on private property within the City of Wessington Springs and on the public street within thirty (30’) feet of the residence of the person using said fireworks, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. from June 28 through the first Sunday after July 4 and from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. from December 28 through January 1.

CITY OF ALPENA: Will be following the state statute for fireworks. 

OUT OF CITY LIMITS: state statute applies. 

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE LAW STATUTE (SDCL 34-37-16.1): Periods during which use of consumer fireworks permitted--Violation as misdemeanor: Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, a person is guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor if the person uses consumer fireworks except during the period from June twenty-seventh to the first Sunday after July fourth, and during the period beginning December twenty-eighth to January first.

Be safe and enjoy your Independence Day celebrations!