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6/27/07-Longview

Recent Rains Have Firework Sales Skyrocketing

"Rain, Rain, Go Away!" That's what many East Texans are saying after weeks of what seems like endless showers. But you won't hear those words coming from Ed Baus' mouth.  He owns nearly a dozen firework stands around East Texas. 

"Doubling our sales in what I call the preseason time," he says.

Double the sales, all before the Fourth of July and all thanks to the rain. Puddles right outside their firework stand may not look at all that great, but stand owners say "bring on the rain" because it's certainly not dampening their sales.

"Everybody's buying more fireworks because we're good and wet outside...there's no way to catch this grass on fire, you know, even with spinners on the ground, things like that it's just great conditions for enjoying fireworks," Ed explains.

But that's just the opposite of last year when East Texas was suffering from a drought and many counties enforcing burn bans.

"People are ready to get out and ready to have fun with them and celebrate," says Extreme Fireworks manager Virginia Forrester.  "You'd be surprised that the people coming in here when it's storming, I mean hard storming coming down and buying fireworks and going out with them."

People are remembering it's not as dangerous to pop off fireworks when the ground's wet, but fire marshals warn it's no time to forget safety. 

"It is a good opportunity for people to get out and have a good time? Yes, but use caution, use good sense...let's have a safe Fourth of July and not get anyone hurt," says Longview Fire Marshal Mark Moore.

That way, this July 4th will be a win-win situation for everyone, including our Mark Scirto.

"Keep up the good work weatherman," Ed chuckles.

Tracy Watler/Reporting: tracy@kltv.com

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