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Try Not to Burn Down South Dakota on July 4

Maybe Kristi got her big fireworks show after all:

Hamlin County Sheriff's Department, FB post, submitted to DFP, 2021.07.04.
Hamlin County Sheriff’s Department, FB post, submitted to DFP, 2021.07.04.
Map of July 3 fire area, Hamlin County, Google Map annotated by DFP, 2021.07.04.
Map of July 3 fire area, Hamlin County, Google Map annotated by DFP, 2021.07.04.

Also burned up: rural land along Highway 18 near Pickstown and a house in Harrisburg. That Pickstown fire is in the middle of one of the driest parts of South Dakota, according to the July 1 UNL Drought Monitor map:

UNL Drought Monitor Map for South Dakota, conditions as of June 29, 2021, released 2021.07.01.
UNL Drought Monitor Map for South Dakota, conditions as of June 29, 2021, released 2021.07.01.

Wherever you are in South Dakota, it’s dry, and dry things burn more easily. If you’re lighting fireworks, don’t burn down the neighborhood. Use your head, watch the wind,  keep a bucket of water handy, and remember: your local fire crews would prefer to spend the best holiday of the year with their families, too.


  1. Guy 2021-07-04 09:59

    Fireworks-free for me. I don’t need personal fireworks or a big public fireworks display to enjoy my freedom. True freedom is inner peace & contentment.

  2. I’m No Dr. Suess 2021-07-04 10:02

    This is the second year in a row that a house has burned down in Harrisburg. It is legal to shoot off fireworks in the growing town. Maybe the rules need to change for next year…

  3. grudznick 2021-07-04 17:16

    Personal fireworks are fun and all, and I’m sure my granddaughter will be letting her kids blast a few holes in the night sky tonight. grudznick will be chauffeured to one of the nice public displays where a nice dinner with discussions about our freedoms will precede watching the displays. grudznick wishes you all a happy 4th of July, no matter how you celebrate or even if you hate the United States of America and celebrate it not at all.

  4. Porter Lansing 2021-07-04 18:00

    Happy Fourth, grudzie.

    Eat too much tater salad and baked beans and fart like a goat.


  5. John Dale 2021-07-04 18:13

    What a fantastic day to set off some fireworks and celebrate our nation’s independence. The show in Whitewood is pretty neat.

    Happy 4th of July, everyone!

  6. oldtimerDon 2021-07-04 19:39

    Fireworks are a great moneymaker to those who operate stands near border locations of adjacent states that do not personal fireworks. Thousands of profit in a short time. Also a nice source of income for OTR truckers and traveling salespeople. High risk but great reward.
    It is a real thrill in life to see a fire ignite in the rain gutters of your home with built up leaves as tinder. Great heat source. Lots of damage is minutes. Takes one pop bottle rocket to bring the fire department for a visit with sirens and lights in hopes of saving your home. The other great source of amusement is seeing a toddler or very young child screaming in pain when burned by a a sparkler or firecracker, or being rushed to the hospital because of a served finger or lost eye. Almost as fulfilling as shooting roman candles at a car passing by another on a downtown street (the more traffic the better) or from the basement window of a home. If it explodes inside-even better. Always neat to see the pets and livestock terrified–added bonus if someone ties a cherry bomb to the family pet.
    Sure is more fun than a boring family picnic or viewing the nature that has not been torched and enjoying what nature has given us. . I wonder why my parents never allowed fireworks to be on our ranch when I was a kid? Could it be that rounding up livestock or fixing fence from stampeding cattle was not a chore they were enthused about.
    Perhaps the Governor can use her farm yard to have fireworks and a rally! Could station national guard around the perimeter to be sure no filthy illegals get through to watch.

  7. grudznick 2021-07-04 19:48

    Mr. Don, as an old timer like grudznick you should know to clean out your eaves every spring.

  8. mike from iowa 2021-07-04 20:26

    Nation’s independence from what, pray tell?

  9. grudznick 2021-07-04 20:29

    Stop being such an Iowegian Downer, Mr. mike. Even there amidst the rendering plants there must be some thigs you can be happy about what limited freedoms you have.

  10. Vi Kingman 2021-07-04 22:17

    Karma is a bitch!!!!

  11. John Dale 2021-07-04 22:59

    Holy CRAP Whitewood does it right. I almost hate to tell anyone about it for fear morons will try to “improve” it. Thank you to the City of Whitewood and everybody that makes “THAT” possible.



  12. John Dale 2021-07-04 23:00

    grudznick – I think it rains more in West Spearfish than East Spearfish. I think you didn’t get my email (cause I didn’t send one). I’m hungry. You buying or cooking pancakes?

  13. M 2021-07-05 06:04

    Sure, in Walworth County, they said no fireworks to be shot off in the whole county, however they allowed 2 firework stands to sell them. Pretty stupid idea. Like selling someone a 6 pack and telling them they can’t drink it.

    Of course they were shot off the last 4 days but not as bad as last year that’s for sure. Still, I know several people who can’t sleep at night worrying about their homes catching fire from the idiot across the street. And of course, we’ve all had a dog or two that can’t handle the sound. It’s torture for them and livestock.

    The major lesson I learned during the pandemic is that we live in a country of very selfish people. Noem’s mantra about individual responsibility and free reign allows recklessness to thrive.

    Summer has only just arrived, tourist season is in full gear, and we need rain desperately. Odd that most of the counties with extreme drought border the great Missouri River and all those man made reservoirs.

  14. Mark Anderson 2021-07-05 08:25

    Oh grudz, I love America. Especially when the great American party is in control of the country. Hope you had good discussions about limiting freedoms.

  15. Arlo Blundt 2021-07-05 22:26 the local parade on the fourth we had a considerable amount of religiousity. I guess the churches were able to get volunteers to build floats.There was also a float with the names of folks in the town who had died in the past year. Never seen that before and might be a subtle dig at the anti vaccine group. There was no portrayal of George Washington or any other President but, for an unknown and unannounced reason, there was someone dressed in mid 19th century garb with a sign that said Robert E. Lee.Why we are honoring a traitor to the Republic on Independence Day was not explained. All the firetrucks in the region were there but no fires broke out.

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