The rocket’s red glare celebrating Independence Day in Big Red country often comes from what one Nebraska businessman calls a “cake.”
Omaha-based Bellino Enterprises has been selling fireworks in Nebraska for more than 35 years and Vince Bellino says the type of fireworks called “cakes” have “multi-layered effects.
“You have one fuse you light. Depending on the cake itself, the multi-effect item, you might have six to eight shots go up in the air. It’ll have an audio effect and it’ll also have a visual effect as well.”
Bellino’s company has operated 130 temporary fireworks stands in South Dakota, Kansas and MIssouri. Just last month the company opened another 55 fireworks stands in Iowa after that state ended its 83-year ban on fireworks sales.
His business is offering customers 200 different types of consumer-grade fireworks this season.
“A smoke item to a novelty item to firecrackers to multi-effect items to fountains to single-shot tubes to artillery shells,” Bellino says.
In Nebraska, fireworks may only be sold between June 24th and July 5th and between December 28th and January 1st.