Fireworks stands prepare to open Monday

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Updated: 6/24/2013 5:05 pm
Many may still be deciding what they want do to for the Fourth of July, but for those behind the fireworks stands, their plans begin much earlier in the year. 

"It can be pretty hectic the last week."

Jan Johnson, vice president of TNT Fireworks in Lubbock, said with about 30 locations throughout town, the process of getting each stand ready is a tedious one. 

"Of course, they need to be on their location, check the electricity, blow the dust out of their stand. You know, there are a lot of physical things that need to be done," Johnson said. "Then, when they receive their product, it's a matter of merchandising it with the prices. If there is any additional advertising they're going to do on their own, just getting everything ready, getting their help all lined up and scheduled out."

Another part of the preparation is making sure all the rules are followed if a ban is in place. This year, the fireworks getting the boot are those that fly. 

"Lubbock county has been very good working with us as far as keeping me posted on their thoughts." Johnson said. "And we all talked last week and felt like we should leave the stick rocket and missile ban on, even though we've had some good rains."

"I don't want everybody to get a false sense of security that we've had some rain now and a fire can't start."

Lubbock Deputy Fire Marshal Robert Loveless said despite the recent rain, residents still need to use caution. 

"We're still way down for our annual rainfall, and depending on what the weather does the next few days, it can dry that back out to the point where we were before the rains," Loveless said. 

He wants to remind residents that it's illegal to possess fireworks within the Lubbock city limits. 

"Please go and have a good time, but please do not bring fireworks into the city, don't bring your leftovers back home," Loveless said. "That's a fire hazard just to store those in the place where you sleep, that's like storing gasoline in your home."

Johnson said they will be staggering openings throughout the week, but the majority of the stands will be open Monday. To see a list of all the stand locations, click here.
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