Fireworks stands open across the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/24/09

Fireworks stands open across the South Plains

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Wednesday, fireworks stands opened for business across Lubbock County. When you drive down I-27 you see stand after stand selling sparklers, rockets, and Roman Candles.

During the school year Jinks White teaches and coaches at Lubbock High School, but every summer he runs a fireworks stand. This year he says the fireworks are bigger than ever. The past few years the County Commissioners put restrictions on some fireworks because of drought conditions, but those rules changed this year. "In Lubbock County this year, and generally on the South Plains, the whole product line is legal. Rockets will be able to sell for the first time in a couple years," said Jan Johnson, Vice President of Sales for TNT Fireworks. 

While you can shoot off rockets, fireworks are not allowed in the city limits. It is also important to store them in a cool, dry place, read all instructions, dispose of them properly, and make sure adults supervise any children playing with fire works. "It's good to have a bucket of sand or water with you when you're shooting your fireworks, and if a spark does get away from you, you can quickly step on it or throw some sand or water on it and put it out," said Johnson. For more firework safety tips you can attend TNT's Family Fireworks Safety Event on June 27th from 10 to 11 a.m. at their office parking lot on 114th Street and Tahoka Highway.

White says despite the poor economy, he thinks he will have plenty of business this year, "In some ways a difficult economy helps our business. I mean when people can't travel, I know last year when gas was $4 a gallon people didn't travel. Well, they stayed at home, and they still wanted to celebrate so they could afford to buy fireworks and celebrate in that way."

White added no matter what condition the country is in; he believes Americans will still celebrate the Fourth of July. "We have the greatest country in the world. We have more freedom than most people anywhere in the world, and I think as a people we love to celebrate that. Traditionally, fireworks have always been a part of that celebration. I think it kind of goes hand in hand, but it's our holiday and regardless of whatever else we do, we're going to celebrate the 4th," he said. 

Vendors will sell fireworks through the July 4th.

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