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Helmut Schmidt, Published June 30 2013

Sanborn's annual Fourth fireworks show will go on despite bunker blast

SANBORN, N.D. –Volunteer firefighters here voted to continue the town’s annual Independence Day fireworks display and will buy fireworks to replace $3,000 in pyrotechnics destroyed Thursday in a blast in their storage bunker.

“It’s going to be a nice show. It’s not going to be quite as big as we planned, but it will be close,” Sanborn Fire Department Chief Tim Lyter said Sunday. “You’ll be impressed if you come out and watch it.”

About half of the fire department’s fireworks were destroyed, though the high-flying rockets of the display were not lost, Lyter said.

Mike Griffin, a member of the volunteer fire department, said the group’s Belgrade, Minn., fireworks supplier can replace nearly all of what was lost in the blast.

The replacement fireworks will be picked up Tuesday, he said.

The demolition derby, a pickup pull and other Independence Day events will go on as planned in Sanborn, Lyter said.

Griffin said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was notified of the blast, as was the state fire marshal’s office.

Lyter said no cause for Thursday’s blast has been determined yet. No one was reported injured in the explosion.

Sanborn’s Fourth of July fireworks show starts at dusk (about 10 or 10:15 p.m.) and should last 25 minutes, Griffin said.

If there is a rain-out, the show will be held Friday.

Sanborn is about 10 miles west of Valley City and 3 miles north of Interstate 94.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583