- Municipalities within Pennington County have the ability to set their own rules and regulations on the use of fireworks.
- Rapid City: Fireworks are prohibited inside the city limits of Rapid City except for novelty fireworks, including party poppers, snappers, sparklers, toy caps, and flitter sparklers. Use of any other fireworks is an offense punishable by a fine of up to $500, 30 days in jail, or both.
- Wall: Discharge of fireworks is prohibited inside the city limits of Wall.
- Hill City: Discharge of fireworks is prohibited inside the city limits of Hill City, except for novelty fireworks.
- If you reside in the Black Hills Fire Protection District: Fireworks are prohibited and it is a Class 1 misdemeanor to shoot fireworks anywhere inside the Black Hills Fire Protection District unless you are in a specified municipality allowing fireworks.
- Pennington County areas outside of a municipality and not in the Black Hills Protection District:
o County ordinance allows the discharge of fireworks when the grassland fire index conditions are low, moderate, or high.
o Per SD State Law, fireworks may be discharged through the Sunday following July 4. Discharge dates for 2017 are Monday, June 26 - Sunday, July 9.
Behold, the Power of Fireworks!
Shooting off fireworks has always been a treasured activity associated with Independence Day. The resulting "ooo’s" and "aah’s" can create lasting memories for your friends and family. Local officials urge the public to “Behold, the power of fireworks!” Know the guidelines for your area and stay safe. Responders don’t want to make a visit to your home in a firetruck, patrol car or an ambulance.
- Fireworks, unscripted: Sparklers may seem less dangerous than other fireworks, but can get as hot as 1,800ºF. Hot enough to melt some metals.
- What’s in your fireworks? Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source. SDCL 34-37-10: The retail selling period is June 27 through July 5.
- Sometimes you feel like fireworks, sometimes you don't: You must have permission from a property/landowner before discharging fireworks on their property.
- Because fireworks are complicated enough: Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- It does exactly what it says on the fireworks: A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities. Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
- Fireworks keep going and going: Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area AWAY from buildings, vehicles, or any combustible products.
- I'm stuck on fireworks, 'cause firework's stuck on me: NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
- Cut fireworks time in half: Always have a bucket of water or garden hose ready when discharging fireworks.
- Fireworks not included: Never re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Have fireworks and a smile: Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can. Clean up after your fireworks. Keep neighbors remembering the “ooo’s” and “aaah’s”, not the mess.