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A spectator at the Tofte Township fireworks display on Saturday caught video of exploding fireworks that sent organizers and viewers running. No one was injured. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

Fireworks go haywire in Tofte

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Tofte Township's fireworks display Saturday resulted in a mad scramble through woods and some leaps into Lake Superior to escape an accidental explosion.

Halfway through the show, about 10 p.m., a tube ruptured and sent a 5-inch round into the remaining fireworks, said Richard Nelson, Tofte's fire chief.

That sparked an explosion that lasted 45 seconds to a minute, he said, but "it seemed like an hour and a half. We were ducking and covering. I dove into the lake," he said.

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