The same day that Fox News tries to help Kristi Noem sell books by featuring her chapter whining about wanting it to be easier to shoot fireworks at Mount Rushmore, State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman issues this reminder to us all to be careful with the explosive symbols of freedom that go on sale across South Dakota today:
South Dakota’s Fire Marshal urges people who want to discharge fireworks this Fourth of July holiday to use them in a responsible and safe manner.
Firework sales begin in South Dakota on Monday, June 27, and continue through July 5. The final day to legally discharge fireworks is July 11.
“We understand that many people enjoy discharging fireworks, but at the same time we urge people to be careful,” said Fire Marshal Paul Merriman. “If not used properly, fireworks can be dangerous to people and property.”
Merriman said people should make sure they know what their local city or county rules or ordinances are in regards to handling fireworks. Even with the recent rains, Merriman said hot, dry conditions can still pose a potential risk for those using fireworks.
Other firework safety tips can be found here: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer/fireworks
The state Fire Marshal’s Office is an agency of the state Department of Public Safety [Department of Public Safety, press release, 2022.06.27].
The latest UNL Drought Monitor report shows that the Black Hills remain in moderate drought. But Freedom! Gunpowder! Yee-haw!
DPS spokesman Tony Mangan sent out this press release. Mangan just got tapped for double duty as interim press secretary to Governor Noem while spokesboy Ian Fury is off campaigning for his boss. Mangan’s DPS salary is listed as $61,545.72; I wonder if Noem will double his pay for now having to speak out of both sides of his mouth.