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June 27, 2018 08:40 AM

Fireworks Sales Open For South Dakota Residents

It's like Christmas in July for Owner of Pyro City Fireworks Kevin Lorenzen. 

"June 27th is high on my list of dates throughout the year, there's just so much to look forward to. It's so much fun with the customers, the fireworks and the employees," Lorenzen said. 

Wednesday marks the opening of a small window of time that South Dakota residents are allowed to buy from the shop. 

Wednesday through July 5, those living in state can purchase fireworks

Lorenzen's spent the past year and a half getting ready. 

"We've started working on 2019 a couple weeks ago," Lorenzen said. 

But just because you can buy, doesn't mean you can shoot them off anywhere. 

"Here in Sioux Falls, you're not allowed to shoot firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, and such things as that," Fire Inspector Curtis Johnson said. 

Johnson says even with the amount of rain we've had, the pyrotechnics still pose a fire risk. 

"When the firework comes down, it may not light a fire for an hour of so," Johnson said. 

Damper weather, may also make them more difficult to light. 

"Still a safety concern as far as the fire department goes, trying to protect the kids hands from sparklers and sparks coming off," Johnson said. 

With safety in mind, Lorenzen's ready to open up his doors. 

"We're ready, we're there, we're just waiting for opening day," Lorenzen said. 

In South Dakota, you can light off fireworks through the Sunday, after the fourth, which is July 8th. 

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue wants to remind people that citations will be issued for any one lighting off fireworks within city limits. 

Pyro City Fireworks opens at 8 a.m. and is open through midnight.

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