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Firework Sales Heat Up Local Economy

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

This Fourth of July, fireworks may have fired up our local economy.

We hear about the negative effects of our economy all the time.

It seems to influence everything.

This time however, the negative economy has influenced our area positively.

Every year on the fourth of July you can look up and see the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, all in celebration of America.

With the American economy not being anything to celebrate about lately, did firework sales still pop this weekend?

“Even in a bad economy fireworks still fly off the shelves during the fourth of July I was told before this weekend these fireworks were piled high almost up to eye level; you can see what they have left and it's not much,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.

“We talked to our suppliers, the people we buy from and some have actually suggested that people may be postponing out of town trips or more expensive types trips and staying close to home, rather than spending a couple thousand dollars to go to the beach or the mountains, spend a couple hundred dollars on fireworks,” said Holiday Fireworks owner Bryan Smith.

Aside from fewer families vacationing, other factors play into this year's successful fireworks sales.

“This year the fireworks the fourth the way it fell on the calendar couldn't have been any better; the fourth fell on the Sunday, so you've got Friday, Saturday, leading up to the big day always helps out. And the weather was great. We had a lot of rain in the beginning of the week, we the ground real good so people weren't afraid of catching the woods on fire the grass on fire. So all those different things I’m sure helped us out," said Smith.

Smith says the true measure of a successful holiday is not in how many fireworks he sells.

“It's a successful season when nobody gets hurt, so far so good,” said Smith.

With the fourth's festivities wrapped up, shop owners say now is the time to find deals on fireworks; you can save big now and start the New Year off with a bang, just be sure to check local laws before you shop.


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