Fireworks stands setting up in time for the holidayFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Sure signs of the 4th of July Holiday are everywhere. Warm temps, barbeques and the obvious firework tents popping up.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Sure signs of the 4th of July Holiday are everywhere. Warm temps, barbeques and the obvious firework tents popping up.
Brad Schmitz- Owner of Black Powder Fireworks: "It's just a really good thing. It's fun. I mean, you're selling fireworks."
Brad Schmitz has been selling fireworks out of this tent for 7 years. Business has been so successful he now has 15 tents set up across North Dakota.
Brad Schmitz: "For these two months it is a full time job, and it is very labor intensive. It takes up a lot of time."
Like any salesman, he says his success comes from the best selection of show stopping fireworks.
Brad Schmitz: "This is called a Magnum Roman Candle 210 shot Roman Candle that just goes for a very long time."
Each tent is located right off the interstate, and clearly marked with bright signs making it easier for you to get your firework fix.
Brad Schmitz: "We have people driving by all the time, you know, as far as Washington, Washington State, people from all over the place that just drive by, stop in, and buy. "
This business has turned into a family affair for Schmitz. He has family members spread throughout the 15 spots. His brother in law Kevin Brennan helps him sell all of the small to spendy items here.
Kevin Brennan - Operation and Sales Manager: "We're up here for a month straight, probably going 16 hour days, 12-16 hour days. Rarely do we get a day off. It is just such a short, intense season, so you gotta make the most of it."
The success just about had them trickling into Minnesota had Governor Mark Dayton signed the bill that would allow people in the state to use more powerful fireworks.
Brad Schmitz: "It looked like it was going to pass, so we had already laid the ground work for 5 locations throughout Minnesota, got people lined up to operate them."
Schmitz is hopeful the bill will one day pass, but until then he will continue setting up shop right here in North Dakota making sure you and your family will have a booming holiday.
North Dakota residents can start buying fireworks June 27th.