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South Dakotans Buy Fireworks For New Year’s

December 31, 2013, 4:52 PM

South Dakotans Buy Fireworks For New Year’s

Some South Dakotans will choose to ring in the New Year with a bang.

This is the third consecutive year South Dakota has allowed fireworks to be sold to ring in the New Year.  The weather isn't the only difference at fireworks stands compared to the Fourth of July. 

The people walking into this store would rather see fireworks blow up than a ball drop to ring in 2014.  That's why 12-year-old Aston Feller and 10-year old Tristan Orvarsson are here.

Feller and Orvarsson: Buy fireworks.
Shawn Neisteadt: For what?
Feller and Orvarsson: For New Year's.

Pyro City Fireworks, near the Tea exit, opened on Saturday and will stay open until the last fireworks fan has his or her fill.

"It's definitely not like the Fourth of July as far as the volume of customers, but it is still a lot of fun and there's still quite a few people looking for the entertainment value of fireworks," owner Kevin Lorenzen said.

In addition to the seasons being different, those shooting fireworks in the winter also go for different items.  Those who have walked into this store are after specific large bangs.

"You know, we're seeing just that one big piece, the heavy cakes, you know.  Light the one fuse and ring in the New Year," Lorenzen said.

That's likely because people don't want to be outside in the cold for a long period of time.  The wintry weather may also be keeping some could-be fireworks fans away.

"Yeah, weather definitely is hindering sales a little bit and I can understand; it is cold out there," Lorenzen said.

Nonetheless, some will brave the elements to start the New Year with a bang.

"I just like fireworks and for New Year's I like to shoot them and stuff," Feller said. 

“They seem pretty cool," Orvarsson said.

This is the fourth year for fireworks over the New Year holiday in South Dakota.  The first time was to celebrate the new millennium.

It's also important to remember that local laws that prohibit the use of certain fireworks still apply.

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