Fireworks sales start off with a bang in Grand Island

Published: Jun. 28, 2021 at 9:39 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Firework sales kicked off in Grand Island Monday morning. Shop owners told Local4 News products were flying off the shelves as people were really excited to stock up this year.

Raymond Chavez and his family set up their Kaboomers shop in the Conestoga Mall parking lot. They had a very busy first day of sales, but said they were prepared after a busy season in 2020.

“We had two trailers last year. Our first trailer at Menards parking lot we sold out,” Chavez said. “The second trailer we sold about 75%, but it was a great year.”

This year the family is prepared for another sell out.

Despite reports of a nationwide firework shortage, Kaboomers has plenty of choices for people to browse through.

“We have artillery shells,” Chavez said. “We have a bunch of BOGO items and we have huge assortment family packs available.”

They also are selling bottle rockets for the first time now that they are legal and Chavez said they have been very popular.

“We’ve had people asking about it before we opened our trailer,” he said. “Then as they’re coming in they’re asking and we’re showing them the different styles we have of them. We’ve sold them very well.”

Just down the street, Marv’s Fireworks is set up next to the Sonic drive-thru on 281. They also had a busy first day and now ready for a busy rest of the week as well.

“It’s going great. We actually had customers here before we even had our permit to open,” Owner Tami Towne said. “So once we got our permit, we started getting customers and have pretty much been busy the entire time.”

Customers have plenty to choose from at this shop as well, as Towne said she’s not too concerned about the shortages.

“We directly import from China so that definitely assists us,” she said. “Fifty or 60% is all we were able to get this year, but because we have the warehouse capabilities we’ll be just fine this year so stop on out.”

Both shops are opened from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all week.

If planning to light fireworks this year, there are a few safety precautions that are recommended. Don’t point a firework at another person, pet or vehicle, always supervise children around fireworks and protect your eyes and ears. It’s also suggested to have a bucket of water nearby in case a fire breaks out.

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