The business of fireworks


MITCHELL, Iowa – Fourth of July celebrations are only a couple of days away and cities across the U.S. are working hard and getting ready.

One of the biggest staples for an Independence Day celebration are the fireworks.

Jerome Mostek is more than familiar with this key ingredient for the holiday, as he has been in the fireworks industry for more than 30 years.

He’s the proud owner of Flashing Thunder in Mitchell, and is the man in charge of the fireworks shows in Waterloo, Austin, Mason City and Clear Lake.

He tells us that the granddaddy of them all is the lakeside show in Clear Lake, and a show he looks forward to every year.

However, these fireworks aren’t just lighting up the sky in Iowa and Minnesota.

Travis Neuman made the drive all the way from Wisconsin to get in on the pyrotechnic action since he was put in charge of buying fireworks for the town of Bancroft.

“I bought about $3000 worth of fireworks,” he says, “and it’ll probably last about an hour. They do it every year.”

One hour of entertainment for $3,000 might seem like a lot, but according to Mostek, it’s a reasonable price to pay for a small town show.

The duration of fireworks all depends on how windy conditions are, and Mostek says, the windier the evening, the quicker the fireworks burn out.

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