Fireworks Ignite a Dozen Fires in Fargo (ND)

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Firefighters in Fargo spent the Fourth of July racing from one fire to another as residents launched a barrage of illegal fireworks.

The Fargo Fire Department issued a news release early Monday morning saying firefighters responded to 15 fires on Sunday. Twelve were fireworks related. The blazes included two grass fires, three dumpster fires, one wood chip fire and nine structure fires.

Only one fire resulted in significant damage. That blazed burned out an apartment garage. Other attached garages saw smoke damage.

The fire department also helped a person who lost a thumb and finger in a fireworks explosion.

Fireworks are illegal anywhere in the city. Police responded to more than 80 fireworks complaints, the fire department said.

Things were much quieter in Bismarck, North Dakota’s second-biggest city where fireworks also were banned Police Sgt. Loren Grensteiner said no blazes caused by fireworks were reported.

“It was pretty normal for the Fourth,” he said. “We had your normal fireworks calls but we weren’t inundated with them.”

Private use of fireworks during the July Fourth holiday season were banned across the state due to the widespread drought in North Dakota.

Rural fire chiefs recommended the bans because of extremely dry conditions. North Dakota has experienced some of the driest winter and spring months this year. T

Public or commercial fireworks displays that had received permits from the appropriate agencies were still allowed.

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