Lifted burn bans raise hope for local fireworks stands

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on December 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 26 at 11:40 PM

FLOWER MOUND - Customers are making a comeback to North Texas fireworks stands.

Gena Booth and her family loaded their cart with plenty of ways to celebrate the new year.

"[We'll] try to pop fireworks as much as we can, but it depends on the weather," she said. "If it's rainy and cold, we will try to pop fireworks."

It's the rain and cold that are providing a spark for TNT Fireworks in Parker County. A portion of the sales at the fireworks shop help students raise money for school projects at Temple Christian Academy.

Meghan Hall hopes to sell enough fireworks to pay for her senior class trip to New York City. Her last season working the register turned out to be a dud.

"4th of July was a beating because of the burn ban," Hall said. "So nobody was really coming out because they weren't able to set off, and they didn't want to buy them if they weren't going to set them off."

The Parker County fire marshal says this New Year's Eve marks the first holiday in 18 months with no restrictions on fireworks. July 4th shows were canceled because of a high fire danger.

And last New Year's Eve, there were so many restrictions, regular customers dialed down their usual fire power.

"For our kids, it was a disappointment," said Larry Ravelo with Temple Christian Academy. "They worked a lot of hours, and we just didn't have the sales to go with it."

He says this year has already increased over 2010, and he expects record sales on Saturday.

This year, wallets have opened up to the idea of no burn ban and no restrictions. Hall plans on making money for that senior trip, and the Booth family plans to reignite their holiday tradition.

 

Parker and Tarrant County told News 8, even though there are no restrictions on fireworks for the holiday, they are still banned inside most city limits, including Fort Worth.


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