The explosion of a fireworks display in Bismarck leaves 1 injured | State and regional

SAM NELSON and BLAKE NICHOLSON Bismarck Tribune

An explosion during a fireworks display in southeast Bismarck at noon on Saturday injured one person and created a thick cloud of black smoke visible throughout the city.

Burleigh County officials posted on social media that firefighters, police and medical professionals responded to the Fuller Avenue scene shortly before 11:30 a.m. Fuller Avenue and Yegen Road were closed and the public was urged to stay out of the area. Yegen Road reopened mid-afternoon.

Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Dustin Theurer said fireworks or explosive ordnance was the “likely” cause of the blast. Authorities did not immediately provide further details on what happened or where exactly the incident took place, saying the investigation was ongoing.

One person was taken to hospital, according to the Bismarck Rural Fire Department. The person was not immediately identified and his status was unknown.

The explosion could be heard all over town and some people have reported that it shook doors. Joshua Watts, who was in the area, said he witnessed more than one explosion.

“There was an explosion, then another explosion,” he said. “The first one exploded … and I saw the fireworks explode.”

The explosions set off grass fires in the area. No buildings were damaged, according to Theurer.


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