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Fireworks light Dickinson sky

Press Photo by Lisa Call Roughrider Commission member Dave Enebo, left, and Kaitlin Vernon, daughter of RC member Lori Vernon, load boxes remaining from Dickinson's Sunday night fireworks display near the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena, Monday morning.

As two planes circled Dickinson's fireworks display Sunday evening, the event went off without a hitch, but one fire official says many residents disregard the city's fireworks ban.

Despite skies lighting up in all directions, Dickinson Fire Department Chief Bob Sivak said there were no fire responses related to fireworks.

Even though Dickinson bans firework detonation in city limits, that didn't stop many residents. As booming blasts echoed, night skies lit up in a rainbow of colors.

"For the amount that was shot off by the citizens, wow," Sivak said with a chuckle. "What an unwinnable battle ... How do you fight an entire community? I don't know."

With a limited police staff, enforcing the ban can be difficult, Sivak said.

It is unclear if there were any firework-related injuries or citations as a call to St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center went unreturned and dispatch at the Dickinson Police Department said police captains were unavailable Monday.

Don Temple, deputy state fire marshal and the man in charge of Dickinson's fireworks display for the last 10 years, said this year's display cost about $8,500.

"Each year I try to increase that ... we try to put on a little bit better show than the year before and I'm trying to work my way up to a decent amount that will satisfy our community and the surrounding communities," Temple said. "That's what we do Roughrider Days for. Whatever we put into it is for the people."

Temple said the community's fireworks are funded through sponsorships to the Roughrider Commission, the community and money raised from other events.

Lori Vernon, Roughrider Commission member, said the Stark County Fair Association also gave money to the Roughrider Commission.

Fireworks for the show were purchased from Premier Pyrotechnics, based out of Yankton, S.D., Temple said. The company then sent five technicians to Dickinson to set off the display at the Dickinson State University Outdoor Arena.

But, fireworks were not the only thing gracing Sunday's night skies.

Two airplanes could be spotted circling the fireworks display, including one belonging to John Frantsvog of Dickinson.

Despite the planes appearing to, at times, come in close vicinity of the pyrotechnics, Frantsvog said the fireworks max out at about 500 feet and he was flying about 1,000 above ground.

"It's wonderful, I love watching the fireworks from the air," Frantsvog said, adding he flies around the display almost annually.

Roughrider Commission member Dave Enebo of Dickinson, said clean-up after the display began about 9 a.m. Monday and concluded at about 12:30 p.m.

Enebo said planning for next year's event will begin immediately.