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(S.D. & Wyo.)-More Western Cities Call Off Fireworks Shows

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 07/03/2012 09:32 AM

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - With hot, dry weather persisting and
conditions ripe for wildfires, most communities in western South
Dakota are calling off Fourth of July fireworks displays.
   Officials in Sturgis and Hot Springs are the latest to cancel
shows because of the fire danger and also because local
firefighters are helping battle forest fires in the Black Hills. They
join other cities including Rapid City, Lead and Custer
in canceling fireworks.
   Novelty fireworks can still be sold in Rapid City, but vendors
say various fire bans have cut deeply into business. Mark Lantis
says his sales are down at least 60 percent.
   Officials in Piedmont and Belle Fourche still plan to go ahead
with fireworks shows.
   Some popular July 4th fireworks shows have been canceled because
of the high fire danger across Wyoming as well. In northeastern
Wyoming, the Ucross Foundation has called off its Independence
Day celebration for the first time in 30-plus year
history.
   In Teton County, fireworks displays planned at Snow King
Mountain and Teton Village have also been scratched. The county
and the town of Jackson also enacted a partial fire ban on Monday.
Jackson Hole fire chief Willy Watsabaugh said conditions this year
are drier than seen in 1988 and 2000, when the area was hit with
destructive wildfires.
   A July 4th fireworks show at Brush Creek Ranch was a cancelled after
a fireworks show there on Saturday started a small fire. It was
quickly controlled.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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