A Nebraska-based business that’s sold fireworks for 35 years is expanding into Iowa.
It’s been illegal to sell or ignite fireworks in Iowa since 1936, but that changed today when a new Iowa law went into effect allowing retailers to sell consumer-grade fireworks from now through July 8th.
Vince Bellino of Bellino Enterprises says his Omaha-based company will open 55 temporary fireworks stands throughout Iowa later this month.
Bellino’s business has “partnered” with two grocery store chains and some of their temporary fireworks sales locations will be near grocery stores.
“It’s easily a good fit for us to move into because they’re drawing plenty of traffic,” Bellino says, “and we, typically, draw plenty of traffic in for them as well.”
In Nebraska, fireworks may only be sold between June 24th and July 5th and between December 28th and January 1st. In Iowa, the sale and use of fireworks is now permitted from June 1st through July 8th and from December 10th through January 3rd.