Fireworks store owner talks excitement and safety as 4th of July approaches

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – The Fourth of July is creeping up on us, now just over two weeks away. You’ve probably seen a few more fireworks stores around town. Each year, some spend thousands, and others refuse to spend anything on fireworks. No matter which category you fall in, or if you’re somewhere in between, there’s some useful information to know as the 4th gets closer.

As Independence Day for our country nears, the number of open fireworks stores increases. One staple that’s open throughout the year in Fort Wayne is Pyromaniac Fireworks located in Time Corners. With the 4th falling on a Thursday this year, business should be good.

Pyromaniac Fireworks Owner Gary Graham says, “I think when it lands on a Thursday or Friday, you can get some perpetual energy going because people will naturally have the next day off, and they’re going to want to extend their party and keep having a good time.”

The day of the week, the weather, and the economy are all factors that can sway how much one spends on fireworks.

“A lot of people will shoot firework shows the weekend before since they’re legal on the 29th, which is that Saturday before, so then people can start shooting them that weekend before, and then I think it is just going to pick up momentum through there. People will shoot on the 4th, and then people will shoot probably on the 5th and the 6th,” says Graham.

According to the Fort Wayne Fire Department, fireworks are allowed from June 29th through July 9th from 5 p.m. to roughly 11 p.m. On the 4th, they’re permitted between 10 a.m. and midnight.

“Respect the time frames. I think local law officers, they don’t really want to be running around and enforcing these rules and writing tickets, but they will do it, and the worst part is if you’re in here spending money on fireworks, you don’t want to get a ticket on top of that,” says Graham.

Along with respecting the law, using your fireworks properly is crucial. One danger is fireworks tipping over and shooting into a crowd.

“One of the biggest concerns that we have as store owners, all of us do, is when people buy these smaller aerial cakes. The smaller ones are more prone to tipping, so what we advise you to do is take it down to the ground level, and when you have it on the ground, get yourself a couple bricks or something around the house and pin it in. That way when this thing starts shooting, it doesn’t tip over and start shooting in one direction,” says Graham.

Staying safe and out of trouble, two things that people have issues with each year for the 4th of July. Always ask if you’re unsure on how to properly use what you buy.

“The neat thing is seeing people drive in believe it or not from as far as Philadelphia this year already to buy fireworks from us, so we kind of have a cult following with the pyro community around the country, and it’s neat seeing those same people year in, year out,” says Graham.

Jon Wilson

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