Four people transported to hospital following firework discharge in Rapid Valley

While on scene, fire units also located and extinguished a small grassfire in the area.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Four people were transported to Monument Health in Rapid City with non-life threatening injuries Thursday night, following a fireworks discharge at a private lot in unincorporated Pennington County.

According to Jerome Harvey, the Pennington County Fire Administrator, around 9:37 P.M., the Rapid Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office was called to the lot for a report of a fireworks discharge, which was where a private fireworks display of consumer grade fireworks and was located near the intersection of East South Dakota Highway 44 and Covington Street.

During their response, fire units were later informed of several injuries as a result of the fireworks, where they helped those in need of medical attention on scene. Kirk Buchholz, a Patrol Sergeant, with the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed that two adults and a child were three of the victims that were transported the hospital.

A small grassfire was also put out on scene. Harvey says it serves as the perfect safety reminder for those looking to use fireworks.

“It’s just a good reminder for everybody to remember that fireworks are serious business and people can get hurt with them,” Harvey said. “We put out safety information all the time about them, both the media has helped us out with that and it’s again fireworks and pyrotechnics are serious things that people can in fact get hurt with them. It’s just a good reminder for everybody to remember that fireworks are serious business and people can get hurt with them. We put out safety information all the time about them, both the media has helped us out with that and it’s again fireworks and pyrotechnics are serious things that people can in fact get hurt with them.”

The incident remains under investigation between the PCSO and Rapid Valley Volunteer Fire Department.

Responding agencies included:

Pennington County 911, Rapid Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Rapid City Fire Department and Ambulance, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Dakota Fire Marshall’s Office.

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