Tri-City fireworks stands see “tremendous year”

Published: Jul. 5, 2020 at 5:43 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The pandemic created one of the most successful years for fireworks stands across the Tri-Cities as many experienced dramatic increases in sales this year from last.

After a week of fast-paced sales, fireworks stands in Grand Island and Hastings are officially closed for the season.

Alan Usher, owner of Kermit’s Big Bang Fireworks in Grand Island, said sales went up 25 to 35 percent this year. That’s even after scaling down from two locations to one.

“Actually we did more with that one than we did in years past, so it was a tremendous year for fireworks,” Usher said.

Kermit’s big seller this year was their 500-gram cakes and artillery shells.

In Hastings, Bob Lyons, the co-owner of Papa Lyons Discount Fireworks, said they had a very successful year as well.

When all was said and done, their sales went up 30 to 40 percent this year.

“Everything was just going off the shelves,” Lyons said.

Lyons said they quickly ran out of their 500-gram shells. The stand saw the most traffic on July 3.

“I think people were tired of being cooped up. They weren’t going to have public displays and that, so they had their family displays,” Lyons said.

Their fireworks will be stored in a warehouse until sales start once again.

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