The end of June and start of July marks the meeting of increased fire danger and increased fireworks use. Besides public shows, many people in Rapid City and the Black Hills will set off their own personal fireworks. The Rapid City Journal explains the laws governing private fireworks use in Pennington county. In Rapid City and within one mile of city limits, no fireworks are permitted except for small, novelty devices. Use of other fireworks is punishable by confiscation of the fireworks, a $500 fine, and up to 30 days in jail. Most other communities also prohibit fireworks. Where allowed, state law allows for fireworks to be used up to the Sunday after the 4th of July.