Despite nationwide shortage, fireworks sales begin in Texas on Thursday – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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NORTHLAKE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas fireworks sales season for July 4th begins Thursday, June 24th, and in Northlake, Boom Bazaar Fireworks is getting ready to open.

Store owner Russell Huffines says he expects sales to explode.

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“We think it will be the best season the state has ever seen,” he said.

Some stalls will have less choice than they had in previous years and might end up charging more to make up for the loss.

There is a national shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Most fireworks are usually made in China,” Huffines said. “They couldn’t produce as many as they would like.

Many families celebrated July 4th in their own backyards after many public celebrations were canceled.

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According to data from the American Pyrotechnics Association, revenue from consumer fireworks increased 90% in 2020.

Huffins says he’s prepared for this months in advance.

“We saw the shortage coming. We weren’t afraid of it because we overbought for New Years before the prices went up and before the shortage really kicked in, ”Huffines said. “Our prices will remain the same.

With the extra money he gives back to the band at Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth. He lets the group members work in his store and lets them keep 16% of the product.

“It helps us buy equipment,” said school group principal James Barnes.

“There are a lot of things we couldn’t do last year because of the pandemic, so it’s great to be able to do things this year,” said Emma Markgason.

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Like many places, Huffines says he plans to run out of fireworks before the holidays and urges everyone to get them while they can.


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