- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Fireworks vendors are opening their doors around North Dakota to help residents bring in the new year with a bang.

The Legislature last year passed a law allowing fireworks to be sold from the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day. Before that, licensed businesses could sell them only for nine summer days around the Fourth of July.

Tricia Vondal, who owns North 83 Fireworks in the Minot area, told KXMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1zXTeMF ) that fireworks can be dazzling during the winter.

“It really looks great reflecting off the snow, so they’re nice in the cold,” she said.

Vondal had to install a furnace to heat the warehouse during the seven days of winter selling.

It’s up to individual cities whether to allow New Year’s fireworks sales, and some, such as Devils Lake, do not. But many do. Memory Fireworks, which bills itself as the largest seller in the state, has locations open eight hours per day in Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Mandan and Minot.

Under state law, people have to be at least 12 years old to buy fireworks.

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Information from: KXMC-TV, http://www.kxnet.com

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