Fewer Burn Bans Mean Boost in Fireworks Sales

By: Michael Oder Email
By: Michael Oder Email

BRAZOS COUNTY A majority of the Brazos Valley is NOT in a burn ban. Even though fireworks are banned in the most city limits, residents in the county are buying things like bottle rockets and sparklers.

It's the first year in a while that there aren't restrictions. One organization is using fireworks to fund raise and business is booming.

In a metal building along Highway 6, at Westward Ho, a giant inflatable dog stands on the roof. He's Top Dog, of Top Dog Fireworks.

"A Wild Cactus," admits Elizabeth Price.

She explains," It's 15 shots. It is a cake and it goes up and they're really big shots. So it's a better bang for your buck."

The Navasota High School Sophomore knows her fireworks. She also knows that many people don't.

"You have to be able to take what they say and just point them to what they want." says Price. Many times it involves interpreting noises and hand gestures.

She and her fellow students in the Navasota High School band use the fireworks business on Highway 6 and Westward Ho to raise money for their band.

"This is awesome as a fundraiser," laughs Price.

Business this season is exploding.

"I think that, this year, we've had a lot more customers in the beginning of the season than we normally do," explained Price. Many customers were celebrating earlier this year, on the weekend before Independence Day. Now they rush at the store is from those who are gearing up for the 4th of July.

Price also hears what conditions are like in county.

"They talk about the burn bans," says Price. She has some advice for people who might wonder what to do when the burn bans come back.

"Save them for when you're not under a burn ban!" says Price.

Advice that's proving itself at the checkout stand.

The Navasota High School Band has been running the store at Westward Ho since the early 2000s. They sell during the July 4th season and the New Year's season. It's their primary fundraiser for the year.

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