Fireworks Sales Skyrocket as Community-Wide Events Cancel Due to COVID-19


Social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic has forced many large events to get postponed or canceled. Fort Benning’s Annual Independence Celebration was moved to June 26, 2021. The show will light up the sky at home this year, encouraging an increase in sales in Georgia and Alabama.

“They’re ready to have some fun. They’ve been stuck in the house so long from this virus that they just want to get out of the house,” said Wanda Lamb, Fireworks Outlet Manager and ‘Bang Bang Lady.’ “We’ve been selling artillery shells. The 500 grams.”

“First weekend open our sales are up from the previous years,” said Pastor Brandon Batten of River City Pentecostals. “Doing pretty good. Usually more towards July Fourth is when our larger stuff will sell. We’ve already sold several of our larger items.”

More fireworks shows at home residents are expected this summer, so more safety precautions must be followed.

“Any kind of dry vegetation around, having a fire extinguisher or a hose line to put it out,” said Columbus Lieutenant Stephen Funk. “Don’t try to do multiple. Don’t try to do a huge show if you don’t know what you’re doing. Light one at a time is recommended.”

If you’re interested in re-creating your own backyard show, here’s a suggestion on which fireworks to select.

“What our canister items do is actually more like your large fireworks show,” said Pastor Batten. “It’s an aerial. It launches up and explodes in the air.”

If you run out of fireworks on the Fourth of July, many stands will stay open late till midnight. That includes Fireworks Outlet and the stand located in the Columbus Walmart parking lot on Airport Thruway.

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