Fireworks vendors hoping to see sales take off with cooler summer

PULASKI COUNTY (KATV) - The Fourth of July is less than a week away and some venders are already saying it's going to be a big year. Vendors started selling fireworks over a week ago and they're off to a better start than last year.

"We expect a lot of better things. Last year was just a real bad year," said Mark Chandler, owner of Flash Fireworks.

That's the way many vendors describe one of the hottest summers Arkansas has seen in years. Last year's scorching hot summer burned up much of Chandler's profit.

"Last year we kept thinking it was going to rain when we set up and it just never did," said Chandler.

Today he's setting up shop again hoping to make up for last year.

"The weather has been good," he said. "It's been raining, thank goodness, for a little bit the past week and so we're expecting a lot better crowd this year."

But hope of a bigger crowd depends on one thing Chandler tries not to even think about.

"It's a bad word," he said.

A burn ban. This time last year 73 of the state's 75 counties were under one.

With no burn ban this year it means more fun with fireworks leading up to the Fourth of July. But officials are hoping people use common sense.

"Make sure there's nothing overly flammable," said Lt. Carl Minden, with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. "We actually have people that will shoot off fireworks at gas stations and places like that. It's incredibly dangerous. They're just not thinking."

Lt. Minden says while vendors gear up for the big day, his crews will also keep watch to make sure it's a safe one.

People have been able to buy fireworks since June 20th. If you live in Little Rock and have fireworks complaints dial 311.