Fireworks Stands Busy with Customers for New Year's Weekend

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - In Ector County, they're buying up fireworks to bring in the new year with a bang. It's the first time in a about a year they've been able to light up in the sky in celebration.

"I was very excited because we didn't get to do it for Fourth of July," Ashley Renfro said.

"When they've heard it on the news that they could have fireworks, that's all I've heard," Lori Reed said.

Some are calling it a late Christmas present but they're giving it a warm welcome.

On Tuesday, Ector County Commissioners amended the fireworks ban for New Year's weekend after snow covered West Texas for the holidays.

"It's been run, run, run, non-stop trying to get everything ready," Truckload Fireworks employee, Chaise Teague, said. "Getting them delivered, unloaded, packed in the stand. It's a lot of work and we did it in a short amount of time."

It's been one year since the folks at Truckload Fireworks have been in business and they couldn't be happier.

"It's been pretty steady, we opened at 7 a.m. this (Friday) morning and we've had a lot of people stop by," Teague said. "We've had quite a few customers stop and tell us they'll be back after they get off of work."

And people are taking full advantage of the short time frame to have some fun.

"We will be back to get more," Renfro said. "Trust me. I love fireworks. We usually spend at least $200."

"It makes the kids happy, especially the little ones, they love it," Reed said.

But even these customers tell NewsWest 9 they understand why some are against the fireworks.

"I think it's still too dry," Shawn Wallace said. "I'm real hesitant to get anything that goes up in the air."

"I didn't get that many," Reed said. "They're not gonna go that far up, they're gonna stay right there on the ground but yea I do think it's a little dry."

But they all agree playing it safe is the key to starting the new year right.

"Just be safe and don't ruin our properties," Renfro said. "If you're gonna set them off then set them off right."

"We're crossing our fingers and hoping everyone uses common sense and does what they need to do," Teague said.

If you do plan on popping fireworks this weekend, make sure you keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby in case a fire does start.