Fireworks vendors: Don't wait until the last minute

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Vendors are already set up with hundreds of products for the upcoming holiday. They say it's one of the busiest times of the year.

"Hundreds, we have hundreds of different items," says Karen Stiglet.

Stiglet is working at a Kaboom Fireworks tent in Long Beach. Kaboom is a locally owned company which has at least six tents set up around South Mississippi. While the tents have plenty of stock now, by the end of the week, things will be much different.

"Going into the end of the week, it's starting to pick up now, but the third and the fourth, usually the two or three days before, it starts picking up," said Stiglet. "Now is the best time to get a good selection and good prices."

Vendors at neighboring tents agree.

"I have about 290 different products right now," said Tim Brincefield.

Brincefield is working for Missouri based Hale Fireworks.

The vendor set up shop about a week ago, and he says the fireworks artillery is still rolling in. Soon, the tent will be packed from wall to wall with some fireworks favorites. However, by the end of the week, vendors warn that procrastinators may not have much to choose from.

"The fourth is like a mad house in here," Brincefield said. "You come in, there could be anywhere from 20 to a couple hundred people."

As people prepare for the holiday weekend, the Mississippi Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal, Mike Chaney, wants people to be extra cautious.

Last year there were nearly 200 fires and 9,800 injuries caused by fireworks. The commissioner says there are some things people can do to stay safe:

  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
  • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
  • Use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass and trees
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

The commissioner also urges people to have a bucket of water and a hose handy for used fireworks.

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