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Arlys Cupp of Cupp’s Crazy Crackers fills shelves at their booth in the Super Foods parking lot Tuesday afternoon.
Fireworks sales starting this week
Fireworks sales in Nebraska start today (Thursday.)
Registered sellers can sell from June 25 through 12 midnight on July 4.
Sellers, such as Cupp’s Crazy Crackers in Imperial, which will be open today for sales in the Super Foods parking lot, must be registered with the Nebraska State Fire Marshall.
Arlys Cupp, of Cupp’s Crazy Crackers, set up their stand on Monday, and on Tuesday she started to fill shelves.
Despite COVID-19, Cupp said she hasn’t seen any major changes to fireworks sales.
“We will have face masks available at the stand for those who want them,” she said.
Sellers don’t need a city permit to sell in Imperial, just the state permit, City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland said.
An Imperial city ordinance allows discharging of fireworks in the city limits between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. from June 24 through July 3.
Only the actual holiday of July 4 can fireworks be shot off in the city limits until 12 midnight.
Citations can be issued for discharge of fireworks after allotted hours, Imperial Police Chief Ryan Wisnieski said.
Wisnieski also urges city residents to be courteous of neighbors and pets when discharging fireworks.
“Just be nice,” he said.
The Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) will once again be in charge of the city fireworks show, to be held Friday, July 3.
“It will probably start around 9 p.m.,” IVFD Chief Doug Mitchell said.
A rain date for the show will be July 4.
Members of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department will coordinate and conduct the fireworks show. City funds purchase the fireworks.