- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks 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, lakeside use areas and recreation areas.

State park director Katie Ceroll says parks are a Fourth of July destination. She says high use of campgrounds, beaches and day-use areas over the holiday weekend is a given.

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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