Fireworks Competition Heats Up

Fireworks have gone on sale across the area.

You're actually getting more opportunities to buy this year. However, some vendors are as excited about it.

Beth Lingelbach was seen picking up some fireworks from the St. Columbkille fireworks tent at 84th and Centennial in Papillion.

As a member of the parish, she wants to support their causes.

“I just like to support the community. Papillion is a wonderful place to live, and they're a very family oriented, community oriented," she says.

The church and school are especially gracious for each sale this year.

The City of Omaha has issued 15 new fireworks tent licenses this year.

Many are concerned that more vendors will mean sales will stretch even thinner this year.

Andy Quick, with Papio Creek Chrurch, is keeping his head up though.

He says at least the weather is on his side.

“We're expecting more than we did last year just because last year was bad for everybody with all of the heat and everything, so we're not expecting a bad year though," Quick says.

Still, tents like St. Columbkille's are planning to offer incentives, and are counting on those loyal customers like Lingelbach.

“I think that the ones here locally, will continue to support the ones here in Papillion. I know we will, and competition is good. There's nothing wrong with that," Lingelbach says.

Last year, Omaha gave out 35 licenses for fireworks tents. This year, that number rose to 50.

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