Local fireworks sales up, despite less holiday spending in stores this year

POSTED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 2:04pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 - 2:51pm

Sales may have not been great at the department stores this holiday season, but fireworks stands say they're seeing quite the contrary. Fireworks sales are booming,  with many customers willing to spend 100 dollars or more on the evening's entertainment.

The "hen laying eggs" and the "climbing panda" are just a few of the popular fireworks being sold this year. Children and adults alike love bringing in the new year with a bang.

"Fireworks are kind of part of an American tradition to celebrate the New Year," said Stars and Stripes Fireworks owner Daniel Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald opened the business seven years ago. Every year, he says families desire the latest and greatest products for their celebrations.

"I love fireworks. They're some of my favorite things to do, and it's really fun for my family," said Clay Canales, who was with his parents and sister buying fireworks.

And, those hot items come with a hefty price tag. It's one that many families don't hesitate paying, even if it is upwards of 100 dollars.

"We used to spend like hundreds of dollars, but we kind of like went down some," said high school student Macy Schuchart.

"This year, it was 150 dollars that I was willing to spend," said customer Chris Fissel.

Although it's costly, these purchases benefit the local economy and volunteer fire departments through various taxes.

"We're talking thousands and thousands of dollars that go to volunteer fire departments," said Fitzgerald.

With improved drought conditions, the only fireworks banned in McLennan County this holiday are stick rockets and missles with fins.

"We've taken those off of our shelves so that our customers can't even see them. It's so that they're not tempted to ask us to buy them," said Fitzgerald.

Bell County authorities have announced there will be no burn bans during the holiday weekend. However, the burn ban will be back in effect sundown on Wednesday, January 2.

Fireworks will be sold until 11:59 p.m. January 1.

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