The fuse is sizzling toward the Fourth of July and fireworks stands have lined up to put the pop in the celebration.
Like the arrival of the robins signaling the onset of spring, a big old Godzilla on the street corner is a sure sign that Independence Day is in the wings. The tents are up and fireworks sales begin Wednesday, provided thost tents pass muster with the Fire Marshal.
Papillion Fire Marshal Rich Uhl said, “We make sure the tent is secured to the ground. We do have some pretty good windstorms that tend to move the tents around if they're not."
They have a long list of things to check. Lights need to be working, fire extinguishers have to be in place and storage trailers need to be 25 feet away. It all had to be looked over Tuesday.
Uhl said, “They'll start selling fireworks tomorrow morning at about 8 o'clock and we come through about as late as possible to give them enough time to get everything set up."
Heartland Hope Mission was getting its product prepped in the Canfields parking lot. They welcome the inspections. They want to know if they’ve missed something.
Heartland Hope’s Peter Larson said, “He's all about safety and we want him to make sure that our tent is safe. And that's what we want for our clients and our customers too. We want our tent to be safe."
That’s an attitude Uhl says he sees about everywhere he looks.
“They're very cooperative,” he said. “If we find something they've forgotten or something that needs a little maintenance they're very cooperative about getting them fixed."
Tents can open for business at 8 a.m. June 25th provided they’ve passed the safety inspection.