Ringing in the New Year with a Bang

Despite the recent winter weather, Bob’s Fireworks City is still open for business.
Bob Heringer: “I think one thing that we have the advantage of is we don’t have to worry about fire”
Both New Years Eve and the Fourth of July are the major firework holidays. Fourth of July has always been a big seller for Bob’s, but there are still some who want to ring in the new year with a bang.
“With New Years, it’s more or less something new that’s been into the state of North Dakota the last few years. And, you know, you don’t sell the quantity of fireworks you do in the summertime, but there is people that really enjoy it.”
Selling fireworks is a family affair for Bob, his dad used to sell them at his hardware store. Even though fireworks have changed over the years, it still brings that same excitement.
“Just the excitement that young kids have in their faces when they see it. I mean, it’s just like, to some it’s almost like a birthday or Christmas present, you know?”
Bob tells me that his favorite firework is one called Nuclear Sunrise. And he has a few specific safety tips that everyone should follow this New Years Eve.
 Bob says, “To make sure they’ve got it secured with concrete blocks on both sides, or all sides if possible. And just anything to keep it from shifting, especially with the smaller cakes and on icy or hard ground like now. They will have more of a tendency to tip.”
And as always when dealing with fire or explosives, be mindful when children are around.
State law allows them to be used between 5 p.m. tonight until 1 a.m. New Year’s Day. This is ONLY IF the city involved already allows the shooting of fireworks for Independence Day. The City of Bismarck does not allow fireworks, and it is illegal to even have them in your possession in city limits. Lincoln allows them over the 4th of July holiday, but fireworks are illegal in the city during the New Years Eve holiday, where as Mandan does ALLOW them over New Years Eve. The Legislature in 2013 voted to allow fireworks on New Years Eve.

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