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Weather helps make fireworks business boom

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.

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