Explosion During Bismarck Fireworks Display Injures 1

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities said one person was injured in an explosion during a fireworks display in southeast Bismarck at midday Saturday. It created a dense cloud of black smoke that could be seen throughout the city.

Bismarck Rural Fire Chief Dustin Theurer said fireworks or an explosive ordnance was the “likely” cause of the explosion. Authorities didn’t immediately offer other details on what happened or where exactly the incident occurred, saying the investigation was ongoing.

Firefighters, police and medical professionals responded to the scene shortly before 11:30 a.m., The Bismarck Tribune reported. Roads in the area were closed and the public was asked to stay away.

One person was taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries, according to the Bismarck Rural Fire Department.

The explosion could be heard around the city and some people reported that it rattled doors. Joshua Watts, who happened to be in the area, said he witnessed more than one blast.

“There was an explosion and then another explosion,” he said. “The first one went off ... and I actually saw the fireworks blow up.”

The explosions touched off grass fires in the area. No buildings were damaged, Theurer said.