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Fireworks show on Pageant Hill in Custer; fire risk reduced

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Pageant Hill will be booming with color and music at this year's fireworks show.

For nearly 60 years, Custer has had a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, but this year's show is going to be different than any other year.

Mayor Gary Lipp says firefighters won't be lighting the fireworks by hand this year. Instead, a pyrotechnic company is going to be setting off the fireworks electronically, to the beat of music.

The Black Hills Fire Protection District says the fire danger category has risen from low on Thursday to moderate on Friday. Matt Spring says fuels are tested and that there are a variety of different fuels. "Grasses to the timber. The pine needles to trees themselves would be major light fuel," said Spring.

Lipp says Pageant Hill shouldn't have fuel problems. "Up on Pageant Hill, the city went through and we've treated and removed all the of the bug trees and so we have no standing dead. We have no fuel buildup on the ground," said Lipp. Lipp added that the city has been doing a tree-thinning program for nearly 10 years.

The Custer fireworks show is in only on July 4 and begins at dark.

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