Business Feature: Vendors say fireworks sales booming

Monica Ortiz, manager of Mr. W fireworks stand, shows fireworks to Alexis Lopez, 8, front, Marisol Lopez, 11, and Jacob Dominguez, 3. The children said they were saving their fireworks for the holiday, but their mother doubts they will last that long.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Planet Fireworks manager Rick Fry said he hopes to sell more fireworks this year at his stand at the Travelers World Campground.

“This year we upgraded to a large tent and bigger and better stuff,” said Fry, who manages the campground as well.

And the season hasn’t disappointed. Fry said his stand has already sold out on some fireworks.

“Bottle rockets and stick rockets are going like crazy,” he said. “We’ve called and ordered, we’ve begged for more stuff.”

Fireworks sales are up this year because there is no burn ban in effect in Curry County, fireworks vendors said. Among the big sellers are aerial fireworks such as artillery shells, which are launched from mortar tubes and rockets.

“People are loving it. They buy large amounts of the stuff,” Fry said. “As long as it’s got a big, bright light, they love it.”

Sharon Null, who operates a Road Runner fireworks stand on U.S. Highway 60/84, said people have been buying firecrackers but are moving to bigger items as Independence Day draws closer.

“Close to the Fourth, that’s when we start selling the artillery shells and the grand finale-type things,” she said.

Null said last year’s burn ban, which prevented the sale of many fireworks, was the first she’s encountered since she started selling fireworks in New Mexico four years ago. She said this year’s sales are looking good.

“Things are great since we don’t have the ban and stuff,” Fry said. “(People) can actually launch fireworks now.”