Firework Companies Get Some Freedom This Year

Firework stores are now legally open for the Summer season in the state of Texas, just in time for the 4th of July.

This is a big change from 2014 when burn bans affected firework sales all across Texoma.  Last year in Wichita County, no water meant new firework guidelines.  Like, fireworks were not to be used within the right-of-way on a public road or highway and if you planned to shoot off fireworks, you had to have a minimum of five gallons of water available on site.

With the burn ban no longer in effect in Wichita County, many are taking advantage.

Darci Abernathy drove all the way from Altus, Oklahoma on Wednesday to Russell's Fireworks Kingdom in Wichita Falls. With the drought over, she is ready to release the noise.

“We were excited and Kevin (her husband) said well, we could get some fireworks and stuff and start popping again," said Abernathy.

No one is more excited than the self proclaimed "Firecracker King" himself, Russell Nettles.

“Everybody is going to have a good time this year.  We've got 45 new fireworks this year.  We've got lots of 500 gram cakes, a lot of excalibur artillery shells.  We are loaded," said Nettles, owner of Russell's Firework Kingdom.

In 2014, Nettles' business had a little less spark.

“It definitely affected my business because people didn't know what the rules were.  Most of my customers wanted to comply with any rules and regulations and there was a lot of confusion," said Nettles.

This year, Nettles said things are different.

“Dry weather has always impacted my business.  We've opened and we've been very busy this morning, which is very unusual.  Typically, the first day is not very busy.  It's going to be a great year," said Nettles.

Nettles also said that thanks to weather conditions this year, it will be the best year for his business in 36 years.

Russell's Fireworks will host a fireworks safety seminar this weekend June 27th and June 28th at 2:00 p.m. on both days. The seminar is free to the public.

To learn more about the firework rules and guidelines in your area, talk to your local fire department.

, Newschannel 6