SD: State Park Visitors Should Leave Fireworks at Home

PIERRE, S.D. – The upcoming Fourth of July holiday is always a
busy time in South Dakota’s state parks and recreation areas. As
you celebrate, Game, Fish and Parks Department officials ask you to
please leave fireworks at home.

According to Doug Hofer, state parks director, campgrounds are
traditionally very busy during the Fourth of July holiday with
campers and other visitors enjoying the parks.

“Combining fireworks and large numbers of people creates a
dangerous situation,” said Hofer. “We appreciate your help to keep
the parks safe and fun this Fourth of July.”

Discharging fireworks is prohibited on all lands owned or leased
by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. The ban includes state
parks, recreation areas, lakeside use areas, game production areas
and nature areas. Discharging fireworks is also illegal within the
boundaries of the Black Hills Forest Fire Protection District,
national forests and national parks in South Dakota.

For more information on the South Dakota State Parks, visit
www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.

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