Weather Forecast


Fireworks sales in Jamestown begin

Kenneth Curtiss works Thursday at unloading boxes of goods to put on the shelves at a fireworks stand he helps manage. Several fireworks stands are set up across Jamestown. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The 2014 Fourth of July fireworks sales and firing season begins today in Jamestown.

As of 4 p.m. Thursday six permits for selling fireworks within Jamestown city limits had been issued, according to Lynette Stoddart, a city licensing official.

“There was one other man who picked up the application, but hasn’t completed it as yet,” she said.

By city ordinance fireworks may only be sold from June 27 to July 5, and from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. The use of fireworks is limited from 9 a.m. to midnight June 27 to July 3, and from 9 a.m. July 4 to 1 a.m. July 5.  Fireworks may also be used from 9 a.m. to midnight Dec. 26 to Dec. 30, and from 9 a.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1.

Corey and Jodi Bayer have operated a fireworks sales tent for Fantastic Fireworks for more than 15 years. Their white tent is located in the Coborn’s grocery store parking lot at 410 10th St. SE and will be ready for business by this morning.

“We’ve been doing this for a while. We’ll have six or seven employees here making sure people get the fireworks they want,” Corey Bayer said.

Bayer said he has some new fireworks products to sell this year, including the popular 500-gram multi-shot.

A 500-gram multi-shot is a repeater firework made up of a cluster of aerial tubes, all connected to a single fuse. Once the fuse is lit, each tube is fired in sequence. The number means the entire firework contains the maximum amount of pyrotechnic powder allowed by U.S. law, which is 500 grams. Prices vary from $50 to $100.

“The multi-shot does a lot of different things,” Bayer said. “You just light the fuse, stand back and watch the show.”

In Bayer’s fireworks tent, the 500-gram multi-shot goes by many different names — Cheeseheads, the Battling Twins and the Purple Pride.

“There is a lot of sports theme in fireworks,” Bayer said.

His favorite go-to firework — the one he recommends to people who ask his opinion — is the Scatterbrain. It’s a 500-gram multi-shot that has a big finish, he said. He said you can see what one looks like when it’s lit by going to and typing in “scatterbrain 500-gram multi-shot” in the search line.

Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther advises residents to make safety the first priority, keep children away from any fireworks that shoot up in the air, and have a fire extinguisher on hand to quickly put out any errant flames.

Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said anyone shooting fireworks off outside of the designated hours could be ticketed for violating the city ordinance. Any fireworks-shooting violation is a Class B misdemeanor, which has a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.

There are no restrictions for shooting off fireworks in Stutsman County outside of the Jamestown city limits. People may be cited for disorderly conduct if they shoot fireworks in such a way as to draw the attention of the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Department. Disorderly conduct is also a Class B misdemeanor.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

(701) 952-8454