The use of fireworks within Sioux Falls city limits is illegal. Sioux Falls Ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks within the city limits with the exception of sparklers, snakes, and other fireworks that do not have an audible report, projectile, or launching component. If a police officer observes fireworks being discharged, he or she can issue a citation, which carries a $95 fine.
While sparklers are legal in Sioux Falls, they are the biggest danger to children. The temperature at the end of the sparkler reaches 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit and can easily cause severe burns. Kids and fireworks can be a dangerous combination.
For those traveling out of town for Independence Day and planning to celebrate with fireworks, here are some tips to help keep your holiday safe:
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.
- Use only fireworks purchased from a licensed retailer; homemade or altered manufactured fireworks are not only dangerous but also illegal.
- Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
- Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
- Light fireworks only on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.
- Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned (“duds”).
- Have an extinguishing means (garden hose, water buckets, sand, fire extinguisher) readily available for use should a fire occur.
- If a burn to the skin does occur, cool the burn with lots of cool water and seek medical attention.