Shoot 'em off if you want, but you can't buy fireworks in Omaha to celebrate New Year's Eve.
That means a handful of authorized winter pyrotechnics retailers in Sarpy County stand to make a little money this year. They will do their best to make it seem like the Fourth of July, just ignore the snow.
As you might expect, wintertime fireworks sales “all kind of depend on the weather,” Dan Williams of Wild Willy's Fireworks said on a frigid Thursday in Papillion.
State law allows New Year's Eve fireworks sales from Dec. 29 through midnight on Dec. 31.
In preparation for Saturday's start of sales, Williams and a partner spent the better part of Thursday afternoon building a wheelchair-accessible ramp on the side of a canary yellow, 1,200-square-foot shed near downtown Papillion.
“We could actually have a tent out here if we wanted, but it'd be freezing,” Williams said.
Workers at a separate Papillion fireworks outlet attached red, white and blue bunting to their building, for good measure.
There are close to 30 Nebraska fireworks retailers that will be in business for the New Year's Eve holiday, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.
That's roughly 4 percent of the total number of retailers who were authorized statewide in July. Must be something about the weather.
Still, Omaha city ordinance says fireworks can be discharged from Dec. 28 through Dec. 30, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., and as late as 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve into New Year's Day.
Douglas County's sole winter fireworks vendor is at the United Methodist Church in Waterloo.
This year's authorized Sarpy County fireworks retailers are:
» Gretna: 20635 Highway 370, Gretna Days Foundation
» Papillion: 1218 N. Washington St., Bellino Fireworks Inc.; 8240 S. 71st Plaza, Papillion Spirit Football; and 230 W. Lincoln St., Wild Willy's Fireworks
» Springfield: 710 S. First St., Wild Willy's Fireworks
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