Green Country residents rush to buy fireworks before July 4
10:26 PM, Jun 16, 2013
8:02 AM, Jun 17, 2013
SAPULPA, Okla. - As the Fourth of July approaches, people across Green Country are rushing to buy fireworks.
One store in Sapulpa is already seeing a boom in business.
The manager at TNT Fireworks says customers are spending thousands of dollars on fireworks.
Broken Arrow homeowners William and Mary Wallen say each year they spend more than $1,300 to put on a fire work display for the neighborhood.
"We're free. A lot of people have paid for that freedom and we appreciate it. We're here to celebrate it," Mary Wallen said.
TNT Fireworks' employees say they look forward to July 4 all year. While sales are only starting they say it takes time to set up and make all the fireworks look presentable for customers.
"It took us about two to three days just to make sure everything was stocked and ready to go," TNT employee Dylan Barrera said.
Employees say the big boost in sales come just days before the holiday. The Wallens' tell us they're just getting started.
"This isn't the only place. We'll shop somewhere else too," Mary Wallen said.
The Wallens say July 4 is a special day to share with friends and family.
"You just sit back and look up and it goes off. It's beautiful to look up," Mary Wallen said.
Mary says even though her family shoots off hundreds of fireworks every year they believe safety is important. They tell us they are prepared in case some of their fireworks go off unintentionally.
"Fire extinguishers, hoses, make sure you block it off. Safety first," William Wallen said.
Different cities have different rules for fireworks.
In Tulsa, it's illegal to set off fireworks. In other areas like Broken Arrow, Sapulpa and Sand Springs you must buy a $20 permit. In Owasso, fireworks that launch into the air and explode are illegal.
To make sure you are allowed to set off fireworks in your community, contact your local city hall.