Vendors: Firework sales way up

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY- Leslie Williams had made it to his third firework tent before noon July 4th.

 

"I've spent $150 so far," he admitted with a laugh.

As it turns out, he did not spend a dime last year.

"If you can't shoot 'em, there's no use buying 'em," he said of last year's ban against fireworks.

When McCracken County banned the use of fireworks last year because of dry and windy conditions, not many people bothered buying.

Glen Campbell, with Bluegrass Fireworks, noticed a big difference. He said last year, several hours, even a day passed without any customers and sales were down about 80 percent.

He says this year there has been a steady stream of customers and shelves have to be restocked throughout the day.

Also, he says, there is a big difference in what is being purchased, larger more elaborate fireworks.

"They were buying smoke bombs and sparklers, just enough to make the kids happy. This year, they are buying fireworks that are making the big kids happy," Campbell said.

Leslie Williams, as it turned out bought a little bit of everything, eager to celebrate for the first time since 2011.

While business is certainly up, a lot of the vendors, like Campbell say it will not be purely profit. Many are still hurting from last year's poor sales. Good sales this year mean many will break even.

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