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Officers go on fireworks patrol in Rapid City

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It may not be the Fourth of July yet, but people are celebrating early by shooting off fireworks. Some do it illegally.

It's that time of year where officers are out patrolling for people breaking the fireworks rules.

"A lot of people shooting off fireworks around here," said Mark DiSanto, who lives in a neighborhood just outside of the city limits of Rapid City.  

People who live in Rapid City can use things like party poppers, snappers, and sparklers. But Sergeant Greg Foster with Pennington County Sheriff's Department says any other fireworks within one mile of city limits is illegal.  

"So if someone is being unreasonable and illegal and they're causing a potential harm to the public, fire danger in the area. Then yes we will enforce that," said Sergeant Foster.

DiSanto and his neighbors do participate in the Fourth of July fun.  

"We'll all get together on the street and shoot off all kinds of fireworks as far as fountains and stuff like that. But one year they were told not to by an officer because of the weather.

"When it's dry, you don't want to burn somebody's house down," said DiSanto.

Sergeant Foster says it's important to be careful.  

"Keep them away from small children, just be reasonable and use your common sense," said Sergeant Foster.  

"We got a couple of neighbors around here that will launch mortars and start out, ten days before the Fourth of July. I don't even mind that as long as they are doing it at a reasonable hour," said DiSanto.  

DiSanto does enjoy the holiday.  

"It's the Fourth of July. We're celebrating America. I think it's a shame when they cancel Fourth of July and don't allow you to shoot off fireworks."

It is also illegal to use fireworks in the forest district's fire protection area. If you use fireworks illegally it can be up to a $500 fine.

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