Firework Vendors Hope Sales to Start With a Bang on Tuesday

Published 06/23 2014 03:16PM

Updated 06/26 2014 10:56PM

By Jason Puckett

LUBBOCK,TX— Starting on Tuesday, fireworks vendors across the hub-city will open their stands, trailers and stores to customers. Thanks to recent rains and no need for a fireworks ban, this year’s season will run from June 24th through July 5th.

In the past, stick rockets and missiles had been temporarily outlawed due to fire concerns, but this year as TNT Fireworks Vice-President Jan Johnson told us, customers have access to everything in the normal inventory.

“This year,” Johnson said, “we are very fortunate that we’ve had enough rainfall to have access to all types of fireworks.”

On Monday most vendors were opening up their stands and getting them clean for business.

“It’s gonna be very busy here for the next couple of days.” said fireworks vendor, Chris Valenzuela. “When the 4th of July comes around, I expect this place to be packed.”

But Valenzuela isn’t selling fireworks for personal profit. Instead, proceeds from his group's stand will all go to Raider Awakening, a student organization that hosts school-wide retreats at Tech.

“We’re faith-based under the Catholic Student Ministries.” Valenzuela said. “We put on a retreat twice a year for all students. It’s really cool. It’s a great way to meet people, network and share in a faith-based organization.”

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