- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The legal sale of fireworks in South Dakota begins Friday.

The Department of Public Safety says state law allows the purchase and discharge of fireworks from June 27 until the Sunday after July 4. That means this year it’s legal to discharge fireworks through July 6.

Fire Marshal Paul Merriman says common sense goes a long way toward being safe during Fourth of July celebrations. Merriman is urging South Dakotans to follow the instructions on the fireworks they buy, avoid using them in places where a fire could start and keeping some water handy.

The department says fireworks caused about 17,800 fires nationwide in 2011.

Merriman says residents should also check local ordinances as some cities may have limits that are stricter than state law.

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