Local fireworks vendor opens shop in Scott County

Firework stands are now open for business

DAVENPORT, iowa - Dave Monty has been fascinated with fireworks since he was a child, and was one of many Iowans who used to drive for hours just to buy them.

"Pretty much since I was a little kid, my dad was pretty much into it," says Dave Monty. "I've done them a few times, gone to Wisconsin."

After many decades, Iowans will no longer have to travel outside of the state to buy fireworks.  

Former governor Terry Branstad signed a bill in May legalizing the sale, and today was the first day of fireworks sales in Scott County. 

"It's chaotic right now," said John Norris, co-owner of Milan-based Uncle Norm's.  

He spent the day setting up at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds while waiting for their certification to come in. 

"Trying to get everything out and priced and get ready to open for sales this afternoon," said Norris. 

Co-owner Dave Norris says they expect good sales. 

"Our phones have not stopped ringing or burning up the website, ever since the governor signed it," said Norris. 

To prepare for their first day Norris says they have overstocked and have new products for their customers. 

"Normally we order from three vendors; this year we ordered from nine different vendors," said Norris. 

People can find firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and Saturn missiles, items banned in Illinois.  

With all the excitement over fireworks, Norris wants people to have a good time, but advises them to be safe. 

"Hose the area down where you're going to shoot your fireworks off," said Norris. "Be cognizant of the wind, know which way the wind is blowing. You want to adjust accordingly, and just use common sense."


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