For the first time in state history, North Dakotans can legally buy fireworks outside of the July 4th season.
The state legislature passed a law allowing sales surrounding the New Year's holiday.
Fireworks retailers opened yesterday and are allowed to sell through New Year's Day on Wednesday.
That means fireworks shops small and large are back open, six months after they closed following Independence Day.
At North 83 Fireworks near Minot's airport, they saw a few customers on the first day of sales Thursday and they're expecting things to pick up as people come to realize that they can use fireworks around the new year.
(Tricia Vondal, North 83 Fireworks) "We take advantage of the opportunity to be open again. People get excited about fireworks, you've got your die-hards that are always going to come and get them. So we did some more inventory in but some of the items were a little bit harder to get. We were able to get a lot of the big things, the big artillery shells, 500 gram cakes, weren't too difficult but the smaller items are a little bit harder to get."
While it's legal to buy fireworks right now, police departments in major cities including Minot are reminding you that it's illegal to possess fireworks within city limits.
That means you need to plan to store the fireworks out of town and, of course, light them off outside of town with permission of the property owners where you're using the fireworks.