Big booms, aerial fireworks not legal to shoot at Pierre


Aerial fireworks or those that make a loud noise remain illegal in the city of Pierre.

The Stone City Ordinance only allows small fireworks like sparklers and smoke bombs within the city limits. And, they can only be released between July 1 and July 5.

Pierre’s Fire Department offers the following fireworks tips to keep celebrations safe:

  • Water should be readily available.

  • Young children should not handle or use fireworks.

  • Teenagers using fireworks should be closely supervised by a responsible adult.

  • Fireworks should only be used outdoors.

  • Fireworks should be ignited on a smooth, flat surface.

  • Fireworks should not be used near buildings, dry vegetation and flammable materials.

  • Safety glasses must be used to light fireworks.

  • Never relight a “failed” firework; wait 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.

  • Soak fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.

Pierre’s fire chief, Ian Paul, insists on the need to have water available. He says even legal fireworks can cause an accidental fire of structure or grass.

Paul says the fire department also sees fires from improper firework disposal. He says fireworks should always be soaked in water before throwing them in a dumpster and that dumpsters should always be kept a safe distance from your home.

4th of July fireworks sales are legal in South Dakota from June 27 through July 5. The last day to legally discharge fireworks – unless otherwise specified by city or county regulations – is July 10, 2022.

To view Peter’s Fireworks Ordinance (8-1-113), visit cityofpierre.org.

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