Fireworks Go On Sale in Capital City

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Many of the fireworks that routinely and illegally explode on the Fourth of July in Lincoln will be legal this year, unlike past years, under an ordinance approved by the Lincoln City Council.

Under the new ordinance, the City will follow the state's lead with regard to what fireworks are legal.

"It's going to be a lot noisier fourth this year," said Chief Fire Inspector Bill Moody.

Fireworks go on sale Saturday in Lincoln. And this year will be different as the Lincoln City Council passed an ordinance, which considerably loosens Lincoln's fireworks law.

"Firecrackers and items with reports and things like that are now permissible so there's going to be more items for people to choose from," said Moody.

Moody and representatives from the Bureau of Fire Prevention issued 20 more permits to sell fireworks for 2010 than it did in 2009. That makes for a big job for inspectors.

"It's pretty big for us," said Moody. "We're involved in issuing the permits on the fireworks tents and the retail outlets which we have issued 71 permits this year so there's going to be plenty of tents out there and plenty of fireworks."

For those who want to save a few bucks or play it safe, there are public events going on in Lincoln and virtually every community across 10/11 News country.

"In regard to the professional shows, we have quite a few of those going this year where we'll go out and be on location when they do the professional shows as well. So we stay quite busy for the third and the fourth," said Moody.

As do hospitals, which is why Moody, law enforcement and fire officials encourage everyone to have a fun, but safe fourth.

Lincoln now allows the sale of seven types of fireworks: Sparklers, vesuvius fountains, spray fountains, torches, color fire cones, star and comet color aerial shells, and color wheels.