As we get closer to the Fourth of July, fireworks sales light up. With a new city ordinance in place, Omaha has plenty of stands ready to sell. How has that affected sales outside of the metro?
Business has been steady so far this season at Watson Fireworkx in Missouri. Right off exit 116 on Interstate 29, many are stopping to get the big boom for the Fourth.
“Something high and loud so probably the artillery shells.” Sonny Steele and Alicia Lindberg are from Lincoln and were headed to Kansas City. They stopped in to stock up. “Anything you buy out of Nebraska is like in the back of a trailer so you don't get the assortment and the variety as you would here," said Steele.
It’s that mindset that Watson Fireworkx is hoping for. “It hit us pretty hard last year.” Staci Martin isn't talking about the tents opening up in Omaha for the first time. It was last year right around Father's Day when the Martin family had to pack up and shut down their entire business due to the flooding. “The interstate closed, which runs right beside our building and then Highway 136, which is another route to get to us, also closed so last year was a very bad year.”
The Martin family also lost 85 percent of their farm land to the flood. “We have a pond in one of our fields. We had three feet of sand on a large area of the fields.”
Despite the struggle, the building was not damaged and they've expanded the business. “It’s just kind of hard to determine whether the Nebraska, the sales have hurt us in any way or not.”
After a tough year like the one they've had, they're hoping for a little luck this time around. Watson Fireworkx will be open until July 6th.
The Nebraska state fire marshal is asking us not to shoot off our own fireworks this year. Because of the dry conditions, the chance for fireworks to spark a fire is pretty good. Instead, we're urged to head to public displays.