Fireworks stands see boom in business during pandemic

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 6:44 PM CDT
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DONIPHAN, Neb. (KSNB) - The Fourth of July is just two days away and fireworks stands have been busier than ever. They believe the pandemic is playing a role in that.

“We see more people putting on their own backyard shows than I have ever seen and I’ve been in the business for over 20 years,” Kracklin’ Kirk’s Fireworks Operator Craig Hamre said.

Since people don’t have many choices for fireworks shows due to many public shows being canceled over COVID-19 concerns, they’re doing it themselves. Hamre said people have made road trips from Colorado and Missouri to come to their stand in Doniphan. He believes people are looking for a way to get out of the house and enjoy their summer during this pandemic.

People are loading up their carts not only with the parachutes and sparklers but also the cakes, rockets, and shells which are a little different from usual trips.

“The big finale pieces, the 100-200 shot finale pieces there’s almost one in every cart as it goes out the door this year and that’s not normal,” Hamre said. “People are just really excited about doing their own little backyard shows this year.”

They get their stock replenished from their warehouse in Crete almost every single day to make sure nobody misses out on their holiday favorites. Employees show people how they can pair fireworks together to make a great show. The pandemic did bring some concerns before they opened up for the year.

“We definitely had some concerns and we made some changes here. Some wider isles and just did a lot of things to help with the overall atmosphere in the store here,” Hamre said. “I think everything is going really well.”

Kracklin’ Kirk’s will continue to fill their shelves until they close Saturday night. They can help people plan for their own shows if they’ve never done it before.

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