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Fireworks violations and grass fire numbers up from last year

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Almost everyone loves watch those "bombs bursting in air" on the Fourth of July. But displays like this should be left to the professionals.

In Sioux Falls, hundreds of people decided to ignore the city's fireworks ban, which led to 151 complaint calls regarding fireworks. That number is up from 107 just one year ago. 

"For the most part officers are warning people, doing what we can to get the message out there especially when areas are dry and can catch fire easily, which is what happened on the bike trail." Said Officer Sam Clemens.

Two people got a hefty fine for sparking the fire on the city's bike trail near 12th street. It was just one of 18 grass fires sparked by fireworks, there were only 6 fireworks related fires last year on the Fourth.

"Everyone realized its been dry and you add that plus fireworks and it's a pretty bad scenario and it all came together last night, fortunately no one got hurt." Said Division Chief Jeff Helm.

During the week of the Fourth, Sioux Falls Police dedicate officers specifically for firework calls. That way they can respond more efficiently and educate the public.

"Days leading up to the Fourth it kind of builds, the Fourth is our big day when we have the most complaints but they'll drop off a day after or so." Said Officer Clemens.

Any firework that is launched or explodes is illegal in the city. Not only are violators charged a $95 fine, but they could also be left with the bill for Fire Rescue to come douse the flames.

"It just shows you, when the conditions are right it's even more important not to shoot off fireworks in the wrong locations." Said Division Chief Helm.

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