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New Oklahoma law means longer Fourth of July season for fireworks vendors

Local vendors look forward to after holiday sales

Oklahoma Extended Fireworks

OTTAWA COUNTY, Okla. - David Custer and his wife run the TNT fireworks stand in front of Walmart in Miami to raise money for their daughter's softball team. 

He explains this year has been pretty good.. but sales were concentrated to mostly right before, or on, the fourth of July. 

David Custer, Fireworks Vendor:"With the way it fell this year on a Thursday, it was strange all week right up until Wednesday and Thursday."

Custer says he's keeping the store open on the 5th hoping to get some sales before the weekend. 

Custer:"Being the weekend, a lot of people didn't get to celebrate, so we should be able to supply a lot of people with fireworks."

And a new state law could mean even more after holiday sales. 

It allows fireworks vendors to keep stands open until the 6th -- or until the Sunday after the fourth -- whichever is longer. 

Before, vendors had to be closed by the 6th.

The American Pyrotechnic Association estimates the change could mean a billion dollars in fireworks sales in the state. 

A change vendors seem to be excited about. 

Braxton Forbis, Fireworks Vendor:"Wwe've always had to shut down early, and then plus where our pay days land, it never falls on that day it seems like. So, that would help us out tremendously cause I'll make more of my sales happen after the Fourth."

But, In Miami, the last day that you can use fireworks is on the 5th at 9 pm.

And in Commerce the last day you can use them is actually on the fourth.

Meaning, just because you can still buy fireworks after the 6th, doesn't necessarily mean you'll be able to use them where you live.

But custer still thinks the change will be a beneficial one for both vendors and customers.  

Custer:"A lot of people in the service industry actually work on the holiday so they don't really get to celebrate with their families the day after. And it'll be great for our sales. I think it's a great thing."

Distributors and wholesalers in the state can still sell fireworks year round.

There's no ordinance in Ottawa County that specifies when county residents have to stop using fireworks. 

In Kansas, the last day to sell fireworks is July 5th at midnight. 

And the last day in Missouri is July 10th.

 

 

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