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Angelo's Fireworks sees rush of NYE shoppers

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While there are no public fireworks displays scheduled for New Year's Eve in Lake Charles and the surrounding areas, many say they plan to light their own.

Angelo's, a fireworks store in Lake Charles, says New Year's is a holiday that tops Fourth of July sales.

But while it's a fun tradition to shoot fireworks, it can also be dangerous. That's why it's important to remember: safety first.

While many are on holiday vacation, employees at Angelo's are staying busy, like Angelina Fagan, whose grandfather started the business.

"In 1975, he started out of the trunk of his car. He had $500, and was like 'Let's have fun!' So that just progressed to tents, multiple stands, and now walk-in stores," said Fagan.

As you can imagine, the family-run business has a lot of repeat customers.

Aaron Soileau was one of them. "I think this is our 3rd or 4th year," he said.

The Soileau's, like many others, came to stock up on fireworks.

"Well, we'll have all kinds of stuff for the little kids, sparklers and bottle rockets, and we'll probably do some of the mortars and multi-shot things," said Soileau.

While you can get away with spending just a few dollars on bottle rockets, you can also pay a pretty penny for larger displays.

"The big ones can be $150," said Fagan.

But with purchasing fireworks comes safety tips from the pros:

"You want to have water or fire extinguisher handy. You never want to hold the fireworks. That's a common misconception, because people see it all the time from Roman candles to some of the fireworks, but you never want to hold them," said Angelo's employee, Robbie Shadoin.

And one of the most important safety tips is lighting fireworks on a flat, hard surface, like concrete.

Because, "some of them have recoil; some of them will dump over," said Shadoin.

And this year, they say their best seller is the Excalibur. "It's an artillery shell. It's the most powerful, this is all we have left, actually," said Fagan, standing next to a handful of boxes left.

It's also the loudest, so keeping those safety tips in mind, we tried it out.

And it's definitely much louder in person.

Remember, setting off fireworks is banned in all cities in Calcasieu Parish.

Additional safety tips are available HERE.

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