- Associated Press - Friday, July 1, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is asking state parks visitors to leave their fireworks at home.

Setting off fireworks isn’t allowed on lands that the department owns or leases. That prohibition includes places such as state parks, nature areas and recreation areas.

State parks director Katie Ceroll says parks are a Fourth of July destination. She says campgrounds are often busy with visitors at this time.

Lighting off fireworks is also prohibited in the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District and in South Dakota’s national forests and national parks.

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