Fireworks Not Allowed at Belle Fourche Reservoir

Media Contact: Patience Hurley, (701) 221-1204, phurley@usbr.gov
Jay Leasure, (605) 394-9757 ext. 3011, jleasure@usbr.gov

For Release: June 23, 2017

RAPID CITY, S.D -- The Bureau of Reclamation would like to notify the public that discharging and/or possession of "Fireworks" is illegal on all U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land as per the Code of Federal Regulations (43 CFR Part 423.30).

"Fireworks are not allowed on any Federal lands to include Belle Fourche Reservoir lands including Rocky Point State Recreation Area, Belle Fourche/Orman Dam and all Federal lands surrounding the facility," said Jay Leasure, Natural Resource Specialist.

Reclamation, and South Dakota Game and Parks Commission will install signs reminding the public that fireworks are not allowed. Federal regulation restricts the possession or use of fireworks on Reclamation lands and water-bodies.

"The permanent reservoir-wide restriction allows for more consistent law enforcement and greatly reduces the risk of fire at the reservoir," said Leasure.

The risk of fires associated with fireworks has been a concern for many years because of the danger to visitors and adjacent landowners. The Reservoir's large size and many remote locations often make it difficult for emergency personnel to respond quickly.

For more information regarding this restriction or other issues pertaining to Belle Fourche Reservoir, call Jay Leasure, Bureau of Reclamation, 605-394-9757, ext 3011. For questions related to Rocky Point Recreation Area, contact Brad Nelson, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks at 605-641-0023.

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