New Year’s Eve might include fireworks

December 30, 2018

The sky won’t light up on New Year’s Eve like it does on the Fourth of July, but winter provides another opportunity to enjoy fireworks in the community.

In Scottsbluff and Gering, fireworks may be shot off between 4:30 p.m. Monday and 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Fireworks vendors are readying for the second time this year for sales.

“We get quite a bit of business on Dec. 31 just before the celebration,” said Greg Trautman of Fireworks Unlimited. “The big difference we see (between News Year’s and the Fourth of July) is that people usually only buy one big fireworks shell to set off that night. They’re obviously not going to be sitting outside in cold weather like this.”

Fireworks Unlimited at the Beltline and Avenue I in Scottsbluff will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“I think it’s great to give people another option to celebrate,” Trautman said. “Not everyone does it the same way.”

Eric Wilcox with Discount Fireworks at 21st Avenue and East Overland in Scottsbluff said his store will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

“Business is nothing like on the Fourth, but we have a lot of customers who like to celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks and we’re grateful to be able to do it,” Wilcox said. “Customers usually buy a few larger fireworks with multiple shells. People will light one then run back inside where it’s warm.”

If you plan to discharge fireworks on New Year’s Eve, remember to put safety first. Keep some water handy in case of a possible fire and always supervise the kids.

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