Local fireworks vendors torn about July Fourth prospects
by Patrick McCreless
pmccreless@annistonstar.com
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Tanner Martin, left, and Wade Clark look at the merchandise at Anytime Fireworks in Alexandria Wednesday.  Photo by Bill Wilson.
Tanner Martin, left, and Wade Clark look at the merchandise at Anytime Fireworks in Alexandria Wednesday. Photo by Bill Wilson.
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Some local fireworks vendors expect strong business for the Independence Day holiday.

Others are not so sure.

Area fireworks retailers have new products and plenty of deals to lure in customers for the Fourth of July and the upcoming weekend. However, some fireworks dealers are concerned possible rainfall for the next few days will dampen their business.

Ginger Bunn, owner of Anytime Fireworks in Alexandria, said she was hopeful business would be strong this year for the Independence Day holiday. Bunn said July 4th is her biggest sales day of the year.

"We always have hope we will have sales greater than the year before and we are confident it will be this year," Bunn said.

Bunn said she thinks the rain predicted for the next few days could actually help her business.

"We've had a little more rain this year, so it's not dry and people will be a little more comfortable shooting this year," Bunn said.

According to the National Weather Service, the Anniston area has a 100 percent chance of rain Thursday, followed by an 80 percent chance of rain Friday and a 60 percent chance on Saturday.

Danny Moblin, manager at Fireworks City just outside of Heflin, said he thought the rain would hurt business this year.

"Our sales are already off for sure and I think the weather has something to do with it," Moblin said. "We're hoping that the weather turns a little bit and more people will come out."

Moblin said Fireworks City had multiple deals and plenty of merchandise to lure more customers.

"We've got specials, like buy one, get one free on some items," Moblin said.

Moblin added that Fireworks City's rocket assortment bundles were the best-selling items this year.

Bunn said her business had plenty of deals as well.

"All our prices are below suggested retail already because we are open year-round, but we also have different daily deals," Bunn said.

Bunn said her family assortment of fireworks and her new, larger shells were the biggest sellers so far this year.

"We have some 57-gram to 500-gram shells this year, seven of which are new and are the largest you can buy from a retailer in Alabama," she said.

Bunn said some of the new shells offer plenty of noise, while others are quieter but provide more shots.

But even though everything might be wet and the chances of fire are low, safety precautions should still be taken when using any fireworks, said Gary Sparks, chief of the Oxford Fire Department.

Sparks said only adults should handle fireworks and they should only be launched in a clear area.

"You wouldn't want to shoot close to a house," Sparks said.

Sparks said fireworks users should wear eye protection and should not try to hold fireworks after they are lit. He added that shooting fireworks in the rain can be dangerous too.

"Rain has an effect ... they don't shoot as well in the rain, so be careful with that too," he said. "Fireworks can be dangerous but if you take a few safety precautions, you'll be all right."

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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