Fireworks

Pennington County, S.D. – Every year law enforcement and public safety agencies are flooded with questions about fireworks. To accommodate the interest and answer questions efficiently, the Emergency Services Communication Center will again host a special line dedicated to information related to fireworks: what is legal, where, and public displays. The public may call (605) 394-2151, option 9, for answers to fireworks-related questions.  You may also call ‘211 directly.

 

PENNINGTON COUNTY: Under South Dakota Codified Law 34-37-19, County resolution allows the discharge of fireworks when the grassland fire index conditions are low, moderate, high, or very high, from June 27 - July 8, 2024, and Dec. 28 - Jan. 1, 2025 ONLY  National Weather Service - SD Grassland Fire Danger Map

The following municipalities in Pennington County have ordinances governing the discharge of fireworks in their boundaries: 

  • BOX ELDER: Allows for the discharge of fireworks inside Box Elder city limits and on private property with the permission of the landowner: July 1 - 4, 2024 between 9 am-11 pm.  If the grassland fire danger rating exceeds the “High” level, private or citizen use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • CUSTER COUNTY:  NO DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PERMITTED in the city of Custer (City Municipal Code: 9.04.080)
  • HILL CITY: NO DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PERMITTED in Hill City limits, other than novelty fireworks. Novelty fireworks are party poppers, snappers, sparklers, and toy caps.
  • KEYSTONE: NO DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PERMITTED in Keystone city limits, other than novelty fireworks. Novelty fireworks are party poppers, snappers, sparklers, and toy caps.
  • NEW UNDERWOOD:   No person, firm or corporation may offer fireworks for sale to individuals at retail before the twenty-seventh day of June and after the fifth day of July. Retail sales are not permitted after twelve o’clock a.m. or prior to seven o’clock a.m. from the twenty-seventh day of June through the fifth day of July. It is unlawful for a person to discharge fireworks in the City limits except during the period beginning June twenty-seventh and extending through July fifth and during the period beginning December twenty-eighth and extending through January first. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor. In dry years the Council may, by Resolution ban use of fireworks within the city limits. Call for more information (605) 754-6777.
  • WALL: NO DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PERMITTED in Wall city limits, other than novelty fireworks. Novelty fireworks are party poppers, snappers, sparklers, and toy caps.

 

RAPID CITY:  NO DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PERMITTED inside the city limits or one (1) mile outside the city limits, except the "novelty" type. “Novelty” is loosely defined as snaps, caps, pull-a-parts, and fireworks you can toss on the ground. If you need further clarification contact: Rapid City Fire Department, Fire and Life Safety Division (605) 394-5233

  • The illegal use of fireworks is an offense punishable by a fine of up to $500, 30 days in jail, or both. City and County law enforcement will have an increased evening presence in areas within the one-mile radius of the Rapid City, city limits, including portions of Rapid Valley. Citations may be issued after 11:00 pm or any time of day when someone is reckless or negligent with fireworks.

 

BLACK HILLS FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT:  NO DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS PERMITTED

  • STATE-CODIFIED LAW PROHIBITS THE SALE AND DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS within the boundaries of the Black Hills Fire Protection District. This boundary is basically anything west of Highway 79 from Hot Springs to approximately I-90, Exit 61. The boundary follows I-90 east of Black Hawk and Piedmont.