Fireworks Return After Summer Ban

Newschannel 6 is counting down the days until 2012! For firework stand owners that's great news. Many were shut down this summer because of firework bans, but those bans are no longer in place.

Newschannel 6 spoke with both Alamo and Russell's Fireworks on opening day, workers there are very excited about this weekend and what it will do for sales.

A blinking sign was the only indication of firework stands open for the holidays, eager than ever to put out a bang this season. Fireworks were never ignited this summer, much less sold. The extreme drought caused many Texas counties to place a ban on firework use and sales.

"It was huge," said Michael Hayes with Alamo Fireworks. "The majority of the money this store makes comes from that summer season."

"Obviously it hurt me really badly, I didn't make any sales from this location," said Owner of Russell's Fireworks, Russell Nettles. "I was down about 96 percent in sales."

It forced Nettles relocate to a small stand in Wise County, but sales were OK at best and that's why he's excited to be back inside his Highway 79 warehouse for opening day.

"I love my building. I've got a great building and this summer I missed my building and I'm glad to be back in town."

Whiles sales were slow for both locations workers say customers will increase later on this week as Texomans stop by to look for that perfect spark, ready to make up for a missed summer.

"We'd like sales to be greater than they were last year that way we can make some money and recoup some money we were planning on having this summer season," said Hayes with Alamo Fireworks.

"We have some good weather conditions right now and it's not going to be terribly cold and I think people are going to be chomping at the bit to shoot some fireworks," said Nettles.

Both locations will be open the rest of the week until New Years Day.

This weekend you can expect law enforcement to be out in full force looking for firework violators. You are not allowed to possess fireworks in Wichita Falls. If you do you can face a fine up to $500.

The City of Wichita Falls is hosting a family-friendly New Years Eve celebration-fireworks included. To read more about it click here.

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.