Fireworks ban hurting businesses, vendors worry about sales
PADUCAH — It isn't business as usual under many Paducah fireworks tents.
"We're definitely not seeing the sales," said Richard Romain.
The shelves are stocked at his location but the customers aren't buying the product.
"This is our 26th year and this is the first year that we've faced what they're facing," he said.
He said McCracken County's burn ban is taking a financial toll.
"People are being safe with it," he said. "They're being aware of it, really. They aren't buying as much as what would be normal."
The money from the sale of the fireworks go to paying for summer camps and upgrades to Romain's church. But he said since sales are fizzling out because of the ban, those services and projects are on hold.
"There's people that would come in here and spend," he said. "I mean, four, five hundred dollars a whack. We're not seeing that this year."
Down the road, Glenn Campbell is having the same problem.
"It's slowing the sales just a tad bit this year over last year," he said.
Last year, he said it was wet weather that kept people away. This year, it's the heat.
His family has tents across the state and said sales are down at every location. But he knows the fire risk is just too great.
"It's understandable that they would want to keep people from shooting off fireworks because they don't want to burn down fields because it is so dry," Campbell said.
Romain is trying to stay positive knowing things could be worse.
"We can still sell them, which is good, but it would be worse if we totally had to shut down," he said.