Sunday was the first day for fireworks to be on sale in Lubbock County, and some old favorites are back on the shelves thanks to certain restrictions being lifted for the first time in two years. Because of that, firework vendors are hoping the big bangs bring in the big bucks especially for some local schools.
Merchandise has been unpacked and stocked on store shelves and customers are ready to pay the big bucks for the biggest blasts. But opening day wasn't as successful as some vendors were hoping. Only four customers came to one mom and pop shop, but other stands were raking in the dough.
Vendors are anticipating a good year. They expect shelves to be bare by the Fourth of July. After being banned from shelves last year, vendors believe the bottle rocket will fly off the shelves this year.
For the past two years, Lubbock County Commissioners have had to ban rockets because the weather was so dry. Due to record rainfall this year there are no bans on burning or fireworks leaving vendors with high hopes of cashing in. For some that money will be used to fund athletics at Lubbock Cooper and Coronado High School.
TNT Supercenter is raising money for Lubbock Cooper Athletics, and on opening day they made $6,000 alone. But as each day goes by, vendors and students are hoping to see more green come from the red white and blue.
Fireworks will be on sale until the Fourth of July holiday. Remember, they are not legal inside the city limits. Lawmakers also recently passed legislation that raised the legal age to buy fireworks from 12 to 16.
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