I've been approached by a private school in my area wanting me to find out what it would take to do a consumer fireworks show in Nebraska outside of the normal consumer fireworks selling period. They would like to do the show for a campus kickoff after hearing about the show I do during the June 25th - July 4th selling period in Nebraska. The timeframe when this would happen would be between August and September. I have a few questions that I need answers to and I was wondering if anyone has any experience shooting consumer grade fireworks outside of the legal selling periods in Nebraska.
1) If we were to purchase fireworks for a show to be shot at a later date and time what are the requirements for storing it? I don't see anything regarding storage in the ATF Orange book for consumer grade fireworks but then again maybe I missed it or misread it so please help me understand if there are any federal regulations regarding consumer fireworks storage.
2) What state regulations are there regarding a consumer storing consumer grade fireworks? I spoke with someone at the Nebraska State Fire Marshall's office over the phone last year regarding this and they said that as long as the fireworks were purchased during a legal selling period in Nebraska and you have a bill or receipt detailing your fireworks inventory, place of purchase, and date of purchase that you could store the fireworks year round on your own private property without any consequences from their office so long as the storage does not violate any county or city regulations on the storage of consumer grade fireworks. I would like to know if other people have gotten this same answer.
3) I have heard in the past from a few Nebraskans in the fireworks retail business that it is legal to shoot consumer grade fireworks year round in the country/rural areas of Nebraska so long as your county does not have any regulations limiting the time when you can shoot and you are not disturbing your neighbors. I would like to know if other people have came to this same conclusion from their research and if there is anywere in writting to prove this so I could keep a printed copy with my ATF Orange Book and other papers?
4) If we wanted to shoot consumer grade fireworks within city limits outside of selling periods how would you go about doing so legally? I'm sure other people within my state have done so before and there has to be a way to do this without having to higher a Class "B" technician to obtain a display permit.
If any of you made it through all of my questions and are wondering why would he bother doing a fireworks show with consumer grade fireworks its because of a couple different reasons.
1) I don't think its financially feasible for me at this time to maintain the display operator permits with the ATF, the State of Nebraska, and the insurance required for displays as a hobbiest. Maybe other people have the means to do so but I do not at this time. I make the best of what they give me and I do a good job of it.
2) I've had good success now doing simple class "C" fireworks shows for people and I would like to find a way to share my hobby/intrest with other people who would like to pay for the fireworks themself and have me design and shoot the show for their social gatherings.
Hope you guys can help out a Nebraska hobbiest out with filling in the blanks.