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Fireworks stores gear up for New Year's Eve
NEDERLAND- by Haley Bull
With News Year's Eve just days away, many Southeast Texans are expected to buy fireworks. Shops and stands are open until Jan. 1st, one of two times during the year vendors can sell fireworks.
It's a family tradition for Camille Daniels. She grew up around fire crackers, roman candles and artillery shells.
"I used to sleep under the counter as a baby, in a firework box," Daniels said. She's the third generation in her family's business, Cook's Fireworks in Nederland.
"We sell everything from firecrackers to snappers to the big heavy weights which are the maximum amount of power you can buy in a firework," she said.
Sunday, the shelves were stocked, prepared for New Year's Eve crowds.
"On a daily basis, we might have like three customers right now, but on New Year's Eve, we have upwards of hundreds of customers," Daniels said.
Stands across the area expect last minute shoppers. But a few chose to beat the rush.
Jeffrey Bozeman bought fireworks at Jake's Fireworks in Nederland for his nine and seven year old daughters.
"They don't like the big boom so they wanted to see sparkly, little girly flower type, so that's what we're doing," Bozeman said. "Beating the crowd."
Just down the street at Stoud's Fireworks Supercenter, Mike Dillon loaded up his truck with firecrackers and artillery shells.
"The family, the grand kids, we'll hopefully have some neighbors and friends over, celebrate together," Dillon said.
A New Year's Eve tradition for customers and employees.
"It's just nice to see that people are still getting together with their families," Daniels said.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety also gives some safety tips:
- Always purchase fireworks from a reliable source.
- Use fireworks as directed on consumer product safety label; never alter products.
- Observe local laws and use good COMMON SENSE.
- Have a designated shooter to organize and shoot your family show.
- A responsible ADULT should supervise all firework activities.
- Parents should not allow young children to handle or use fireworks. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
- Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; AWAY from buildings and vehicles.
- NEVER carry fireworks in your POCKET.
- Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks.
- Always have water ready if you are shooting fireworks.
- Do not experiment with homemade fireworks.
- Never relight a dud firework.
- Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
- Soak spent fireworks with water before placing them in an outdoor trash can.
- Report illegal explosives, like M-80s and quarter sticks, to the fire or police department.