Fireworks Still Making Noise in Region 8

July 5, 2007 - Posted at 9:12 p.m. CDT

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- The Fourth of July may be over, but the fireworks are still cracking... Sparklers, smoke bombs and Screamin' Meanies are for sale in Region 8 until July 10th...meaning you still have a chance to make some noise.

The big stuff may have been shot Wednesday night...but that's not stopping Cody Wilson and his family from buying more fireworks Thursday.

"We usually do it as a family thing, but we were at our dad's last night," said 13-year-old Cody, "But we are going to do it at our mom's house today, so we are shooting fireworks tonight since we are all together."

And even though the Krakatoa fireworks stand in Craighead County is packed up until next year...there were still a few bottle rockets left to light up children's faces. "Smoke bombs are good," said 9-year-old Tommy Wilson.

"So are fountains and bottle rockets," agreed Sarah Guffey.

"The third and the fourth of July are generally the busiest.  You get your bargain shoppers on the fourth and everybody is looking for a deal," said owner Lorne Hazlewood.

Hazlewood believes the mid-week holiday hurt sales this year, but he predicts better business next year when the fourth falls on a Friday.

"Our partners take the financial burden of unsold fireworks and since we can ship them back, we're not pressured come the fourth, which a lot of people are...either sell it or put it back and it becomes a little more unpredictable," said Hazlewood.

Hazlewood says storing fireworks will last for years as long as they are stored properly.

Snakes and sparklers are permitted year round in Arkansas...But if you don't buy your fireworks before the deadline of July 10th, you won't be able to get them again in Arkansas until the next selling period, which runs from December 10th to January 5th.