Fireworks Sales Not Star-Studded But Steady

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND Co.- It's hard to imagine a 4th of July celebration without fireworks but with higher jobless rates in West Texas this Summer, some may be forced to make sacrifices.

"Some people love the fourth and they're going to get a bunch of fireworks," Andrew Strand said some save up all year to buy roman candles and sparklers. "Other people may just get a few smaller things because they can't afford it this year."

At the Truckload Fireworks Warehouse off Highway 191, volunteers from the Mid-Cities Church spent Friday afternoon stocking the shelves. The group raises money for the Church every year at this stand.

"Obviously with the economy, we've felt the effects of that a little bit," Strand said.

Even with a less than sparkling economy, volunteers say this year is far better than last. In 2008, Strand said they couldn't even open their doors because of the burn ban.

"People haven't had to worry about starting fires as much. So it's been a lot better year this year," Strand said.

"Kids didn't get to have fireworks last year, so we're going to do it this year," Ryan Nikolai, who spent more than $100 dollars on fireworks, said.

At the Truckload Fireworks off of Highway 80, vendors say people may be steering clear of the high dollar fireworks, but sales remain steady.