Fireworks stands up and running, but for several stands there is something special behind them

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

From Blackcats to Bombing Planes to the good ol' Pop Rockets, it's that time of the year and fireworks stands are setting up shop.

This is how booster clubs like Permian High School band make some extra cash every year.

"With the moisture we've had this year with our rainfall; we expect it to be better than last year," says Merle Dunn, whose granddaughter is in the Permian High School band.

Last year, a burn ban didn't distract families from buying fireworks.

"That evening of the 4th of July this place was packed, we did a land storm of business," says Dunn.

And they say being here means more than just the money, it's a lesson in earning a living.
"we're focused on our kids," says Dunn.

Across town, the focus for this Odessa woman is living life to the fullest.

For Heather Snodgrass, this is more than just a family affair.

Her mother says she never thought heather would live to see this day.

"I have elastic anemia," says Heather Snodgrass, who works with her family at a fire stand in Ector County.

But the 20-year old is getting married next year and that's part of the reason why she's here.

"It's a rare the condition I have and the way that I have it for a long period of time and it's kind of put a stress on everything," says Snodgrass.

Her health has placed her in some financial straits and the first time firework vendor is hoping, without a burn ban this year, they can see a boost in sales.

"It's been a little bit of a struggle but we're getting there and this is helping a lot," says Snodgrass.

These fireworks stands will be open until 4th of July from 9 in the morning till midnight, and fire officials want to remind you it is illegal to burn or even have fireworks within city limits.