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Local fireworks sales double amid pandemic

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With the 4th of July holiday rapidly approaching, local fireworks retailers say business is booming and it's all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After making four trips to Compton's Fireworks in West Quincy, Missouri, Ashley Holtshouser said she plans to have a good time with her family on the 4th of July.

"We want to make sure they have something to watch, something to do.," she said. "That's what they look forward to and we can do it ourselves without a bunch of people."

Compton's Fireworks manager Jeremiah Compton said they're seeing twice as many people purchasing fireworks this year than they have in the past.

"Right now they've probably went up significantly I would say," he said.

Compton said he suspects the increase in sales is because people want to have a good time in light of professional fireworks displays being cancelled to due pandemic precautions.

"Since they're not going to be able to go and watch the big shows they're clearly going to want do something on the 4th of July and with their families," he said.

Holtshouser said that's the case for her family.

"Normally we would go to the riverfront or the Vets Home and watch altogether, but due to the circumstances right now we can't do that so we're going to get a couple close friends together and do it as a little family," she said.

Compton said while the pandemic made it difficult to get the fireworks to market he said he's got a full supply and is suspecting they'll end up selling out.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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