With COVID-19 restrictions loosening and bottle rockets now legal to sell, Fremont firework stands are seeing lots of enthusiastic customers this year.
“Everybody’s been really excited to kind of relive their childhood a little bit and excited to let their kids experience what they were able to experience,” Jason Miller of Bellino Fireworks said. “It’s been really good. A lot of people, they were really excited about that component this year.”
Earlier this year, Sen. Julie Slama of Peru introduced Legislative Bill 152, which broadened the sale of fireworks by adopting Federal Code of Regulation definitions for 1.3G, or “display” fireworks, and 1.4G, or “consumer” fireworks.
The bill was passed on April 29, signed into law by Gov. Pete Ricketts on May 5 and went into effect five days later.
Under the new law, bottle rockets, a 1.4G firework, can be sold during Nebraska’s designated timeframes of June 24 to July 5 and Dec. 28 to Jan. 1.
“They came in late, so it was a little hard to get them, but we wanted to make sure that we had plenty of stock because everybody comes in and asks about them,” Jason Stevens of The Shack said. “Everybody kind of seems to come in and have to grab a gross just because the novelty of it is so new to everybody in Nebraska.”