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Boston bombing investigation raises questions of fireworks safety

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While there's no evidence the teens knew of the bombings in advance, the FBI says they knew their friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was involved, and removed incriminating evidence from his Dartmouth dorm room.

In the days leading to the bombing, the suspect purchased fireworks containing as much as three pounds of black powder.

That news brings up questions about fireworks safety.

KSFY News spoke with a local fireworks retailer to hear his concerns.

We asked if he is worried about fireworks getting into the wrong hands.

He says people have a lot of reasons to buy fireworks.

Usually, it's to celebrate.

But the news of three more arrests in the Boston bombing puts the spotlight on how some may use fireworks to harm others.

Here in our area, Pyro City just opened it's doors for the summer fireworks season yesterday.

Owner Kevin Lorenzen said he's concerned about his customer's safety but believes there's no cause for alarm.

"It was a great tragedy out there. The one thing that I'm happy about is how the fireworks industry has changed over the years. We've removed the really bad ingredients, the active catalysts, so really something like this, scientifically, it just doesn't make sense," Lorenzen said.

"It's just like anything. When it's used as intended, it's very safe, but when you start manipulating it, and using it for other purposes, the risk is yours," Lorenzen added.

And Lorenzen says the Boston tragedy is still fresh in his mind.

He told me he doesn't like seeing fireworks used in the wrong way, after all it's supposed to be used for entertainment.

But he assures us fireworks are safe.

Right now, fireworks can only be sold to out-of-state residents until June 27th.

That's when South Dakotans can start buying fireworks to get ready for the Fourth.

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