Weather helps make fireworks business boom - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Weather helps make fireworks business boom

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Authorities find bodies of Arkansas man, son

    Authorities find bodies of Arkansas man, son

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:50:07 GMT
    Arkansas officials say search crews have discovered the bodies of a man and his infant son who were reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.
    Arkansas officials say search crews have discovered the bodies of a man and his infant son who were reported missing in the Ouachita Mountains late last week.
  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitution
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.
  • Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son

    Searchers find bodies of Arkansas man, infant son

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:45:41 GMT
    A four-day search for an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son came to a grim end Tuesday as authorities discovered their bodies in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains, authorities said Tuesday.
    A four-day search for an Arkansas man and his 10-month-old son came to a grim end Tuesday as authorities discovered their bodies in a remote area of the Ouachita Mountains, authorities said Tuesday.

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Firework stands across Northeast Arkansas expect sales to explode with just two days left before the Fourth of July holiday.

The cooler temperatures and the recent rainfall have helped boost firework sales, too. There are currently no burn bans anywhere in the state, and several local firework stand owners have seen just how beneficial that is for business.

"Droughts and burn bans are not fun in the fireworks business," said Mike Smith, who knows that all too well.

Smith opened Big Shots Fireworks, located across from Greene County Tech High School in Paragould, six years ago. He says his sales have steadily risen since then, except for last year when dangerously dry conditions led to burn bans across the area.

"Last year was the first year that I've been doing this that we didn't get at least one summer shower," Smith said, "so [we have] kind of an odd year every now and then."

The weather this summer has helped sales rebound not just at his stand, but at Vicki Nunn's as well.

"Last year with the burn ban on, that hurt a little bit – wasn't near as good," Nunn said. "But it seems to be back on track this summer."

Nunn and her family run Fireworks World in Paragould, where they've sold fireworks every summer since 2004.

"It looks like it's going to be a really good year," she said. "All our sales each day have been way above what they were last year."

Nunn says that's a direct result of the weather. Revenue dropped off in 2012 as the drought led to widespread burn bans.

"People just, they didn't want to put the money out if they weren't going to get to shoot them [the fireworks]," Nunn said.

This year, with no burn bans in effect, firework sales have gone through the roof.

"Compared to last year, it is definitely up," she said. "It's on an upward swing. We really expect to be just so busy we can't see straight the next couple days."

Historically, sales are highest at firework stands on July 3 and July 4.

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.