Burn bans affecting firework sales
PADUCAH — Workers inside Paducah's fireworks tents are keeping busy.
"We've had a lot of customers come in here," said vendor Patsy Pierce. "We've done some pretty good sales lately."
Pierce said the heat is working in her favor. More people are coming in from counties that aren't allowing the sale of fireworks and planning celebrations with friends.
"Compared to last year, I feel we are increasing sales the closer and closer it gets to the fourth," Pierce said.
But in Ballard County, it's a different story.
"As dry as it in in the area, we have to heed the public's safety," said Wickliffe Fire Chief David Bell.
He supports the county's burn ban.
On Wednesday, a fire broke out in a residential neighborhood. Witnesses said fireworks were to blame.
So, Bell isn't taking chances. He's patrolling his town making sure it doesn't happen again.
"If something happened this way, things have to be enforced or if they have to be enforced, we have something to fall back on," Chief Bell said.
For Pierce, Ballard County's loss may be her financial gain. She hopes Ballard's ban sparks others to cross county lines and shell out some dough where fireworks are legal.
"I haven't seen any decrease in sales whatsoever," Pierce said. "We stay busy and get busier and busier."