PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Firework stands across NortheastArkansas expect sales to explode with just two days left before the Fourth ofJuly holiday.
The cooler temperatures and the recent rainfall have helpedboost firework sales, too. There are currently no burn bans anywhere in thestate, and several local firework stand owners have seen just how beneficialthat is for business.
"Droughts and burn bans are not fun in the fireworksbusiness," said Mike Smith, who knows that all too well.
Smith opened Big Shots Fireworks, located across from GreeneCounty Tech High School in Paragould, six years ago. He says his sales havesteadily risen since then, except for last year when dangerously dry conditionsled to burn bans across the area.
"Last year was the first year that I've been doing this thatwe didn't get at least one summer shower," Smith said, "so [we have] kind of anodd year every now and then."
The weather this summer has helped sales rebound not just athis 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, wherethey'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. Revenuedropped off in 2012 as the drought led to widespread burn bans.
"People just, they didn't want to put the money out if theyweren't going to get to shoot them [the fireworks]," Nunn said.
This year, with no burn bans in effect, firework sales havegone through the roof.
"Compared to last year, it is definitely up," she said. "It'son an upward swing. We really expect to be just so busy we can't see straightthe next couple days."
Historically, sales are highest at firework stands on July 3and July 4.