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Fireworks Stands Stand Out Along Highway 1806

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With the 4th of July only four days away, you've probably already heard some fireworks, or bought some yourself.

Vendors started selling June 27th, and there's lots of different shops to choose from.

We travel down Highway 1806, just south of Mandan city limits, where drivers can browse around "Fireworks Alley".

"There's a number of stands within a mile and half." says Jay Barchenger/Flying O Fireworks.

The signs of the fireworks season are everywhere, but how does each stand--stand out?

"I do a little advertising and when I'm bored, I go blow off these five minute smoke balls it brings some people in." says Jerry Sandwick, Fantasy Fireworks.

"I try and sweet talk them into buying stuff..." says Dylan Barchenger, Flying O.

"Bob does a lot of radio, lot of fliers, but a big thing though is word of mouth, people who have been here in the past tell their friends, we see the same faces every year and a lot of the new ones." says Russ Ulmer, Bob's Fireworks.

Workers at each stand agree that conditions have set up a stellar year for sales.

They're at a busy location with the busiest days to come, but have to share many customers with their competition.

"It's kind of fun, it draws people out to this part of the town, so they hit each place and they'll get here and know who's got the best price." says Ulmer.

You can shop around for the best price and best product, but all of the sellers seem to have a favorite part of working the holiday.

"This is kind of our family vacation." says Jay Barchenger/Flying O Fireworks.

"It only happens once a year, you've got to celebrate." says Russ Ulmer, Manager of Bob's Fireworks.

"The people, probably the only reason I keep doing it." says Jerry Sandwick.

Under state law fireworks can be sold in North Dakota through Friday.

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