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Firework shops booming with business

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 3:43 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

While many are feeling the economic impact of the pandemic, fireworks businesses aren’t on that list.

The pandemic is changing up but not stopping how people celebrate Independence Day.

“I was going to go see my daughter up in New York, but I had to cancel my trip because of the quarantine,” says firework shopper Ron Holton.

His alternative was watching the firework show his small town usually hosts each Fourth of July, but like many others, that celebration was canceled.

“I was still going to have a good time right here. We wanted to have a good firework display and wanted to have our own at the house,” says Holton.

So, he hit the road and drove an hour and a half from Florida to the Alabama state line to purchase fireworks.

A new bill allows Floridians to shoot fireworks on certain holidays like the Fourth of July, but some shop owners believe that those in the same situation as small town residents make up most of the traffic.

“Well to tell you the truth it’s been the best i’ve ever seen here on a third anyways,” says JR’s Fireworks owner JR Poppell.

In fact, Floridians were shopping for fireworks in Alabama before the bill.

People from Panama City and Tallahassee have been buying fireworks from me for 34 years, but it did probably help changing the law so that they could shoot them and enjoy the fourth of July,” says Poppell.

Shop owners are just happy to provide the tools for a safe way to celebrate.

“You know how big your backyard is you do your own quarantining and make them spread out,” says Poppell.

“People gave their lives for us to have some celebration for today and that’s the most important thing,” says Holton.

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