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Wet conditions make for a safer firework season

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Firework sales begin Friday in South Dakota and many firework enthusiasts are looking at the silver lining of all the recent rain.

“We're excited for tomorrow. With all of the rain and everything is so beautiful and green, people are excited to shoot fireworks,” said Shelly Raderschadt with Hot Shots Fireworks.

It is especially good news in light of the last few years of drought conditions.

“In the last five years we had 44 fires from fireworks over the 4th of July period and the majority of those were grassfires from bottle rockets or something else going astray and starting a fire,” said John Wagner, SFPD Fire Inspector.

This year the wet conditions mean less risk of fire.

“With the recent rainfall we hope that things will be a lot quieter this year, but we can only cross our fingers,” said Wagner.

People still need to use caution when lighting off fireworks this year; just because the ground is still damp, doesn’t mean the risk of starting a fire is gone.

“Even if the grass is wet and it’s damp outside, there are still things like vehicles, houses, buildings that can catch fire from the fireworks, so they just need to be cautious about where they shoot their fireworks off at and be safe,” said Wagner.

“Always supervise your children when they're shooting. Don't put your head over a fireworks, we always say have a can of water handy just in case,” said Raderschadt.

And a reminder, any fireworks that make noise or shoot in the air are not allowed in Sioux Falls city limits.

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