Fireworks stands prepare for sparkling sales this year

POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 25, 2012 - 10:01am

WACO -- For Stephanie Garrett and her family keeping their fireworks stand locked up last year was devastating.

"Everyone uses the money for school supplies and school clothes and it was, you know, affected about 15 people," said Garrett.

Garrett said keeping their stand closed down cost her family about $10,000.

But after recent rains and no burn ban in sight, this year expectations are high.

"I expect good business. We just got rain the other day and I'm happy, excited and the economy has gotten a little better so I think that it's going to be good," said Garrett.

As fireworks stands prepare to open this weekend, city officials still caution everyone to be safe.

"We're in Texas and it's maybe not a ban, a burn ban is not on, but it's still hot and dry so air on the side of caution," said Larry Holze, spokesman for Waco City Hall.

Holze says to keep in mind that shooting off fireworks inside the city limits of Waco is illegal.

But if there's one concern of Garrett's it's the long lines that will be streaming from her stand.

"Don't wait until the last minute because they're going to be lined up. Come on early and buy, pop those, and come on back," said Garrett.

So no matter your plans for Fourth of July, you can expect this year to be a lot brighter.
 

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