Fireworks sellers hope for some sizzle

By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal


SALTILLO – With Independence Day falling in the middle of the week, it’s hard to discern if fireworks sales have been hurt.
The hot, dry weather and several area burn bans also might have some impact on whether bottle rockets, sparklers, fire crackers, fountains and mortar shells are selling or not.
But for many people, none of it means a thing.
“It hasn’t affected us at all. People are going to buy them no matter what,” said Lauren Boozer, who was at the Family Values Fireworks tent in Saltillo.
A half-dozen shoppers browsed the wares early Tuesday afternoon, and Boozer said the crowds typically pick up later in the day.
Today, the big tent will be open, along with its sister locations in Guntown and New Albany.
“It should be really busy,” Boozer said.
At the Rockettown fireworks location just outside Tupelo, Tabitha Quillian said business was “kinda slow” during lunch.
“But we’re across from the Sprint Mart, and a lot of drivers have come over to see us,” she said.
At both fireworks locations, workers said anything that flies in the air and provides a big bang is popular.
“It’s all about big, loud, booming stuff,” Quillian said. “The city of Sherman got lots of big items for its fireworks show.”
Also popular are combination packs, with various assortments of fireworks, large and small.
In Saltillo, prices for the combo packs ranged from $10.99 to $69.99. The Black Cat brand fireworks combo packs at Rockettown start at $20.
“Those variety packs have a little bit of everything,” Boozer said at the Family Values stand.
Among the shoppers there were John Smith and his mother, Cara.
“We’re just looking for some fun things for the Fourth,” she said. “I’m just going to watch and let him get whatever he likes.”
Fireworks sellers also offered advice to customers, including to ensure adult supervision is present while shooting fireworks, set fireworks on level ground whenever possible and do not shoot at people or buildings.