Fireworks sales start Thursday as Fourth of July approaches
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A couple of corners on Broadway will get extra busy starting today (Thursday) when sale for fireworks can legally begin.
Imperial has two outlets for fireworks, Cupp’s Crazy Crackers at 12th and Broadway and Northside Fireworks at 16th and Broadway.
People at both temporary businesses were busy Wednesday putting out inventory.
State law allows for fireworks to be sold only between June 24 and July 5 after a license has been acquired from the state of Nebraska.
Consider the June 24 and July 5 dates as “bookends.” Sales can only occur on the days between them, which means sales will conclude at 12 midnight on the night of July 4.
Those same dates apply as to when the fireworks can be discharged, according to city ordinance which mirrors the state law.
Local jurisdictions also have the authority to be more restrictive.
Police Chief Ryan Wisnieski said Imperial residents have been responsible in the past with fireworks and hopes that continues.
“I would urge people to also be aware of their neighbors” when discharging fireworks at night, he said.
Wisnieski said they fielded about 10 noise complaints last year due to fireworks, many of them because of the hour at night. Those complaints are looked at in a case-by-case basis, he said.
Even though they may still have fireworks on hand, the police chief reminds local residents that discharging them must conclude by 12 midnight the night of July 4.
No fireworks at lake
While seven of the state’s recreational areas allow the discharge of fireworks, that is not the case at Enders Lake Recreational Area.
Supt. Beau Licking, who oversees operations at Enders, said there is absolutely no shooting of fireworks allowed. That is determine by the Game & Parks Commission, he said.
He said the ban of fireworks also applies to Rock Creek State Recreational Area, which he also oversees.