Fireworks Businesses Should Be Booming This Holiday

Business expected to increase this year for fireworks stands because there's no burn ban.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Folks who run fireworks stands expect business to boom this year.

Last year this time, Pulaski County and many other areas were in a drought and under a burn ban so no one could set off fireworks.

Things are much different now, with more than nine inches of rain this year compared to the same time last year, no counties are under a burn ban.

However, some counties did go from a low to moderate threat for wildfire danger, but it's nothing to be concerned about right now.

And that's great news for fireworks stands like Uncle Sam's off of Crystal Hills Road.

The manager expects business to be up 75% this Fourth of July!

He says people wouldn't buy fireworks last year because the burn ban made it illegal to set them off.

Tim Holder said, "It was awful and it's hard when you basically got ten days to sell and there's nothing anybody can do if you get caught and get fined, you get a ticket for shooting fireworks so nobody bought them."

Uncle Sam's fireworks stand will be open every day up through the Fourth of July.

Remember though, many cities don't allow people to set off fireworks inside city limits.

Here's a few other tips from the National Council on Fireworks Safety:

-    Know your fireworks; Read the warning labels and performance descriptions before igniting.

-    Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.

-    Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.

-    Parents and caretakers should always closely supervise teens if they are using fireworks.
-    Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks.
-    Fireworks should only be used outdoors.
-    Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
-    Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
-    Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
-    Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor garbage can.
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