MITCHELL — If outgoing Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signs a bill legalizing the sale of fireworks in the state, things are going to get very busy at Flashing Thunder Fireworks Spectacular.
The Mitchell-based fireworks retailer and event producer already sells consumer-grade fireworks in other states, but has never been allowed to sell to Iowans.
At least, not unless Iowans bought their products in a state where the devices are legal.
“Obviously, it’s more business for us,” said co-owner Katie Mostek, of the possible law change. “We are a distributor of consumer fireworks, so we would gain some business by distributing to people that are selling it in the state of Iowa, and we would also set up retail locations to sell it ourselves.”
The Iowa House and Senate both passed legislation legalizing the sale of consumer-grade fireworks. That would include bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles.