J’s Super Thunder Firework Stand continues after death of owner

J's Super Thunder Fireworks
Published: Jul. 3, 2022 at 6:11 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Jessica Hansen has been doing fireworks with her father, Jason Lawnhorne for 12 years. Until he passed away last year. Now, Jessica and her family are taking over the stand.

“I’ve been doing it with him for about 12 years and last year was our last year to spend it with him and I knew he’d want us to continue to do it. It’s pretty lonely but I think he’d be very proud very happy that we’re continuing to do it without him,” Hansen said.

Hansen and her sister and mother have vowed to keep the stand going no matter the circumstance, because the Fourth of July was Lawnhorne’s absolute favorite holiday.

“It was like Christmas to him, like Christmas in July was a true thing for him,” Hansen said.

Their stand has suffered through the years battling two robberies. One in 2019, the perpetrators taking around $4,000 worth of fireworks and $2,000 worth of credit card machine supplies Hansen mentioned.

To prevent from this happening again, Hansen’s husband built them a brand new stand with extra safety features.

Their stand is located at 802 S Locust St. in Grand Island and will be open until 11 p.m. Sunday and until midnight on Monday.

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