Rain, burn bans dampen business at firework shops ahead of New Years Eve

Rain, burn bans dampen business at firework shops ahead of New Years Eve

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Rain, burn bans dampen business at firework shops ahead of New Years Eve

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by SHON GABLES

wfaa.com

Posted on December 30, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 30 at 4:16 PM

With rain in the forecast, and more than 132 Texas counties, including Tarrant and Collin, under a burn ban, TNT fireworks off Interstate 35 in Waxahachie has seen better days.

At 10 a.m. Sunday, two and a half hours after opening, the business had just four customers.
 
“We’re hoping we have a big hiccup; we would like to see the store packed full”, said Vincent Sapolio, Floor Supervisor at TNT.
 
Sapolio believes New Year's Eve revelers are confused. He says they're not purchasing product because they don't know where they can light bottle rockets, sparklers and firecrackers. In Dallas, Denton and Ellis Counties, there is no burn ban –– it's just illegal to light them.
 
“Basically as long as you are in a county area and not within any city limits you should legally be allowed to set off fireworks”, said Sapolio.
 
Dallas police say officers will patrol neighborhoods within the city limits looking for anyone illegally lighting fireworks or shooting weapons to usher in the new year. Violators face up to $4,000 in fines plus a felony record and jail time if caught discharging a weapon within city limits.
 
Sapolio says if you're unsure, call 3-1-1 and ask.

“They'll usually know who can and cannot set off fireworks,” advised Sapolio.
 
But back at TNT, Jennifer Dacy hopes sluggish sales will pick up since a percentage of all profit is donated to four different youth organizations in Waxahachie. Yet, she admits, the winter season is tough. 
 
Last December, TNT sold $100,000 worth of fireworks. But thanks to the rain and confusion on the burn ban, this year they may generate considerably less.
 
“We hope the rain won't keep too many people away tomorrow”, she said.
 

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