Fireworks Sales Down

Many of us enjoy setting off our own fireworks, and seeing the tents that pop up on the outskirts of Meridian are a reminder the Fourth is almost here. For those who own the fireworks tents, sales this year have been down due to the economy and dry weather.

Steve Jensen, owner of Hell's Fireworks on Highway 19 North just outside of Meridian, says shopping "traffic's slowed down a bunch. Yesterday was the first day that even seemed like any in the past, you know. We did probably 90 percent of our sales yesterday."

Jensen also thinks other factors have helped keep sales down this year. ""They've slowed down a little bit from years in the past. It's kinda the deal for being in the middle of the week. It's always down at that time, and the economy's really bad so it's just tough all over."

The lack of sales means Jensen will close up shop on July 4th, and that has been the case the last few years.

"We used to stay a couple days past the holiday, either New Year's or the Fourth," Jensen tells us, "but it's just not been worth staying the extra days the last three or four years."

While business may be slow, we asked some young shoppers their favorite part about the Fourth, and the safety tips they've learned.

Moriah Bell, age 9, enjoys spending time with family on the Fourth. "Every year we do stuff with my two grannies. First we go to my one granny's house and we cook and eat. Then we go to our other granny's house and light off fireworks."

Dorien Smith, who is 11, shares his advice on fireworks safety, "stand a distance away from the fire cracker when somebody's setting it off, and be careful with them, and don't play with them like it's a toy or something, just set them off and have a good time."

Remember, fireworks are illegal to fire off within the city limits of Meridian.

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