BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - As we move closer to Independence Day fireworks sales are likely to pick up, but one vendor says business has been slow. Robert Anderson, co-owner of Snap, Crackle, Pop Fireworks in Biloxi, says the average person spends less than $100 on fireworks.
"I mean, we have some expensive stuff, but the average person could be resourceful and use $50 to put a nice show on," said Anderson.
Anderson has been co-operating the fireworks stand in Biloxi, twice a year for two years, under a special ordinance from the mayor. A few weeks ago, the city council approved an ordinance that will allow others who submit a request to operate a fireworks stand within city limits.
Anderson has been only one of two fireworks vendors in Biloxi for several years but says he isn't threatened by the thought of more vendors coming along.
"Competition doesn't bother me. I think it's good," said Anderson.
Some locals WLOX News spoke with say they don't think more fireworks stands are a bad idea.
"There are only a couple of stands, and there are a whole lot of people looking for fireworks, so it probably is a good idea," said Michael Vaughan.
Biloxi's new firework ordinance passed on June 10, but won't go into effect for 30 days. That means the fireworks stands that are currently up are the only ones that will be allowed to sell for the 4th of July holiday.