Get ready to light up the night as fireworks stands opened Sunday in Nebraska for the upcoming New Year’s celebrations. Despite the frigid temperatures, some braved the cold to buy what they need to help ring in 2014.
Christian Landon did not plan to buy fireworks, but stopped at Bellino Fireworks at South 72nd and Giles in Papillion. “I kind of saw it as I was passing by when I was heading home and I thought I'd just get something fun to do with the kids on New Year's.”
Landon said his children will enjoy getting to do fireworks for the second time this year. “They'll be pretty stoked. They had a lot of fun on the 4th of July.”
“We opened this morning at 8 and didn't see a whole lot of traffic,” said Bellino’s Lee Jochimsen. “With it being the first day, that's kind of typical. And then with the weather being so cold, it would have been a lot nicer to open up yesterday when it was fairly warm. But we've seen it progress a little bit.”
This is the fourth year that Nebraska has allowed fireworks sales for three days, ending when the clock strikes midnight Tuesday. In the first year of winter fireworks sales in 2010, 45 stands opened. Last year, there were 27 stands operating. Around 20 were expected to be in business over the next few days. That's compared to the more than 750 stands that typically open for the 4th of July.
"It is a lot of work setting up,” said Eric Clauson, operations manager for Wild Willy’s Fireworks in Springfield, Nebraska. “It's kinda funny. Everyone wants to run a fireworks stand until they do it once. It is a lot of manual labor and setting stuff out. It is a lot of work, but yes, it is worth it to us."