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East Texas fireworks vendors hoping to see business boom on July 4th

Two young customers show amazement about a firework that is thrown like a grenade before sending smoke into the air. (Source: KTRE Staff) Two young customers show amazement about a firework that is thrown like a grenade before sending smoke into the air. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The most popular firework purchase for families is ‘One Bad Mother-In-Law which is similar to a firework display show ender. (Source: KTRE Staff) The most popular firework purchase for families is ‘One Bad Mother-In-Law which is similar to a firework display show ender. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Brittany Dillon Drewry has worked in her families firework stand since she was a small child. (Source: KTRE Staff) Brittany Dillon Drewry has worked in her families firework stand since she was a small child. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

After the professional fireworks show, many families don't call it a Fourth until they shoot their own fireworks.

Even so, firework retailers are curious if there will be less bang this year.
 
Texas Outlaw Factory Outlet, which is located on the edge of town in Nacogdoches, has a pretty good idea of what to expect on the Fourth of July.

"The fourth will be packed door to door. It is insane,” said Brittany Drewry, a fireworks retailer. “The third will be really busy, but I tell people to always come early."

Which could have been as early as March and May. Firework retailers now have the option of selling more times of the year.

"The first time you could open was March for Texas Independence Day and then the next was Cinco de Mayo and now Memorial Day,” Drewry said. “And so we were a little surprised by; we just set up an opening for Memorial Day."

When a customer was asked if he or she bought any fireworks on Memorial Day, the customer replied, “No, ma’am. Last Christmas, I think, was the last time I bought some.”


In other words, they're anxious for a long anticipated night of fireworks.

"Instead of lighting it, you actually pull the string and throw it and then it likes, start smoking,” Drewry said, demonstrating to a group of young girls.

Retailers will be watching to see if customers are burned out on bottle rockets and Roman candles by July Fourth, but they're guessing they'll still have plenty of reasons to celebrate.  

“Kids are out of school. You can go to the lake, you can have a BBQ, and there is still the hype of July 4th,” Drewry said.

Drewry, along with her brothers, got a college education off the family business.

"$216.32,” Drewry said to a customer.

That's a lot of bang for a buck, no matter what time of year the purchase is made.
 
"Y’all have fun,” Drewry said.

Firework retailers are looking forward to booming sales.

The Fourth of July falls on a Monday, which means a lot of families will start their firework celebrations as early as Friday night.  

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