Marion plumber one of first in Eastern Iowa to sell fireworks

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MARION, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- JP Plumbing & Heating is one of the first in Eastern Iowa to sell fireworks.

The Marion-based plumbing business on 7th Ave got the final ok from the city around noon, Wednesday after getting a state license on Tuesday.

In the few hours he's been open, JP's owner, Jed Pasterski, said he's already sold a few fireworks from a cleared out garage at his shop.

The Marion location beat out what was set to be the first firework store in the Cedar Valley, scheduled to open on Tuesday.

That shop's owner, Matt Reisetter, said the Crossroads Fireworks store in Waterloo was unable to open doors due to no fire alarm system in the building.

He said the mistake was a misunderstanding.

"We looked at this [building], we were kind of in a hurry, and it came through," said Reisetter. "There was some things in here that looked to an untrained person like a fire alarm system, and we were led to believe that was the case. So we jumped at this building."

Pasterski said it wasn't easy being open so early. He attributed it to tenacity on his part.

"Yeah, yeah," said Pasterski. "A lot of phone calls. I was probably the squeaky wheel that got the grease."

Marion scaled back state regulations allowing the use of fireworks by about three weeks in June and December, going from June 1st-July 8th and December 10th-January 3rd to June 24th-July 8th and December 31st to January 1st.

The city also requires firework vendors hand out a list of city rules and safety tips for using the explosives, with each purchase.

Pasterski said he plans to open his shop seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.