Roughrider Days Fireworks Display canceled due to drought conditions

DICKINSON, N.D. - Dickinson Fire Department Fire Marshal, Mark Selle, has revoked the fireworks permit for the Roughrider Days Fireworks Display due to "severe drought conditions."

Press release:

North Dakota’s drought is putting a damper on Roughrider Days. The Dickinson Fire Department Fire Marshal, Mark Selle, just announced the permit for the Roughrider Days Fireworks Display has been revoked due to severe drought conditions. “The event, scheduled to be held July 4th at the former DSU Rodeo Grounds, is officially cancelled,” said Fatty Heinz, Dickinson Roughrider Commission Fireworks Chair. The decision came at the heels of North Dakota’s Gov. Doug Burgum proclaiming a statewide fire and drought emergency, earlier this week. “It’s unfortunate, but a good decision for sure,” said Heinz. “The priority of any public fireworks display is safety. Cancelling a show of this magnitude is in the best interest of everyone considering the severe drought conditions in this area.” Heinz continued, “We sincerely apologize to the area residents and visitors who planned on attending and remind everyone the use, possession and sale of fireworks within the city is strictly prohibited. It’s important we all respect the Fire Marshal and Dickinson Fire Department’s decision to keep our community and the people who live here safe.”

The annual Roughrider Days Fireworks Display is considered one of the largest shows in the state and Mr. Heinz said to look forward to an even bigger and better show in 2018. For more information, please call 701-483-7721 or e-mail