Fireworks are on sale in South Dakota as the holiday weekend begins. The Sioux Falls Fire department is using demonstrations to show what can happen when safety isn’t used with sparklers and artillery fireworks.
A small watermelon is roughly the size of a human head. Sioux Fire officials use this comparison when demonstrating what can happen to a person who gets too close to an over the counter artillery shell firework.
Tyler Tjeerdsma is a fire inspector. He sets a watermelon next to the firework, lights the fuse, and quickly backs away.