Fireworks dealers in Douglas County will have one more day to sell their product this summer.
County commissioners Wednesday night approved allowing fireworks to be sold in the county over four days instead of three. The sales can take place from July 1 through July 4.
Commissioners made that decision in response to a request from the Douglas County Fireworks Association, made up of local fireworks dealers.
A letter from the association to commissioners noted that most surrounding counties allow from seven to nine days for the sale of fireworks. The local association requested only a one-day extension.
"One more day would just help us stay more competitive," said Eric Garrett, the association's secretary-treasurer.
Dealers often lose a day of sales because of rain, Garrett and fireworks dealer Jim Pine said.
"One more day would be helpful just to make up for a rain day," Pine said.
State regulations state that fireworks sales can't take place before June 27 or after July 5.
Fireworks dealers must pay $100 for a county permit to set up a sales stand. But many years the permit doesn't cover the cost of stand inspections, said Keith Dabney, head of the county's Zoning and Codes Department, which conducts the inspections.
Commissioners left the door open to increasing permit fees in the near future. They also directed Dabney to come up with a process for enforcing compliance with county ordinances. One possibility Dabney will look at includes not issuing a permit to a dealer the following year if it did not comply with the rules the previous year.
The Wakarusa Township Fire Department conducts its own inspections. Commissioners told Dabney to work with the fire department and come up with a method that avoids duplication of inspections.