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Published July 01, 2013, 08:50 AM

Fireworks show in Sanborn will go on after blast

SANBORN, N.D. (AP) — The show will go on in Sanborn on Thursday, despite an explosion that destroyed an estimated $3,000 worth of fireworks in a storage bunker.

SANBORN, N.D. (AP) — The show will go on in Sanborn on Thursday, despite an explosion that destroyed an estimated $3,000 worth of fireworks in a storage bunker.

The town's volunteer Fire Department has decided to replace the fireworks and stage its annual Fourth of July show.

"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," Fire Chief Tim Lyter told The Forum. "You'll be impressed if you come out and watch it."

About half of the fire department's fireworks were destroyed in the blast last Thursday in a bunker at an area farm. The storage facility is specially designed for explosives or ammunition. No one was hurt.

High-flying rockets for the show were not lost, and the Fire Department's fireworks supplier should be able to replace nearly all of what was destroyed, officials said.

Sanborn is about 10 miles west of Valley City, just north of Interstate 94. The community has only about 200 residents, but hundreds of people travel from the surrounding area to see the annual show, according to The Jamestown Sun.

"We have a long tradition of celebrating the Fourth of July at Sanborn," firefighter Troy Franklin said.

The cause of the blast was not immediately determined. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was notified, along with the state fire marshal's office, firefighter Mike Griffin said.

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