Local firework tents prepare for an increase in sales this year

Many firework shows in our region are canceled because of COVID-19.

Posted: Jun 24, 2020 6:19 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore -- Since the 4th of July fireworks show in Central Point is canceled, local firework tents are expecting more people to come out and buy fireworks.

"We've got all the safe and sane fireworks. We've got tons of them this year." said Jim Ford. He is the manager of Discount Fireworks Superstore in Central Point. It's the biggest DFS.

"I just like seeing them. It's really cool. I like to light them up." said Ivey Stoker. She bought fireworks on Wednesday.

Most businesses are seeing a decrease in sales, because of COVID-19. Ford is expecting the opposite. "It's exciting, because we were beginning to wonder if we were even going to be able to sell. We do expect a big increase, because those people still want to have fireworks. Still want to celebrate the greatest celebration we have in America, our freedom." said Ford.

Ivey Stoker and her mom went by DFS to stock up on fireworks. "We are getting some fireworks for the 4th of July. We have a tight knit little neighborhood and we are going to do it in our front yard." said Stoker.

You might not be able to see any aerial fireworks this year, but you can have fun with sparklers, fountains and screaming willies. They are all legal in Oregon.

There are a couple things you should know before buying or setting off fireworks. Make sure you check the warning label. If it says 'shoots flaming balls' it's illegal. If it says emits showers or sparks, that's ok. Following these guidelines help reduce the chance of a fire starting. If you are caught with an illegal firework in Medford, the fine is $2,500.

When it comes to setting off fireworks, it's not legal until July 1st and ends on July 6th. The State Fire Marshall says when you do light fireworks make sure to have water nearby. Again, this can help stop the spread of a fire if one starts. Also, soak your used fireworks before disposing.

"Keep it safe. These fireworks are all safe and they are all sane. As long as you stay safe and sane." said Ford.

If you are planning on getting fireworks. Ford recommends you go early. This will help with social distancing and lines. "Don't wait until the last day, because this place will be packed." said Ford.

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