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Local firework vendors see a boom in sales

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 20:24:35-04

With many firework displays canceled over Coronavirus concerns, shoppers are flocking to firework stores to create their own shows at home.

This year, a newly signed Florida law is giving people the green light for personal use on specific holidays, including 4th of July.

The manager at Sky King Fireworks in Fort Myers, Mel Crawford, says firework sales are booming.

"It's unbelievable, we have a huge increase," said Crawford.

The new law allows the use of consumer fireworks that leave the ground, and Crawford says those are the most popular ones this year.

"We are on our fourth truck delivery today, we had two semi-trucks yesterday, so we're prepped and ready to go for a huge weekend," said Crawford.

Crawford says many of the people buying fireworks at their store this year are first time shoppers, so safety is essential.

"At the registers, we have a safety pamphlet, we have safety tips in the back of all of our bags, and before anyone leaves we make sure that they fully understand how to use it and the safety precautions," said Crawford.

Tips include reading directions carefully, using fireworks on a hard surface, and using an extended lighter.

Amy Bollen, with South Trail fire & Rescue, says the safest way to use fireworks is not to use them at all.

"Fireworks are mini explosions," said Bollen.

Bollen says there are other ways for people can enjoy this 4th of July.

"Use glow sticks, use silly string, firework shows can be seen on tv," said Bollen.

But for people who choose to use fireworks, Bollen says to be aware of your surroundings and know you are liable for any damages.

"Right now our drought index is getting worse again, we are starting to see brush fires again, so we have to make sure we keep our heat sources away from anything that can burn," said Bollen.

Sky King Fireworks says people should never attempt to relight or fix any "dud" firework.

If a firework fails to function when ignited, let it stand for at least 5 minutes, then douse it with water.