HOLDEN — The Fourth of July is less than two weeks away and firework sales are already taking off.
“Sales have been phenomenal to be honest. We’ve had really good demand for products,” said Sean MacMillan, owner of Big Bang Boom Fireworks.
Despite demand, Phantom Fireworks Vice President Bill Weimer said there’s a nationwide shortage in product.
“It starts with a shortage of containers in China in which to pack the fireworks, a shortage of container space on the ships,” Weimer said. “Fireworks have a limited amount of space allotted to us, and everybody’s fighting for it, so it’s very difficult to get space, and then once you get into the united states, the ports are a mess.”
Although Weimer said Phantom expects to only get about 70% of what they ordered, he doesn’t believe they will run out.
“It’s the retailers who are getting from domestic suppliers who are gonna be in a lot of trouble this year,” Weimer said.
MacMillan said his shop is doing OK too.
“We’re not really short per se, just maybe on specific items that we couldn’t get due to shortages, but overall, we have plenty of product,” MacMillan said.
If you are planning to launch your own fireworks, Weimer and MacMillan have some safety tips.
“Be cautious, use common sense, respect what you’re dealing with, have a sober adult in charge of the fireworks,” Weimer said. “Drinking and fireworks don’t mix. Children and fireworks don’t mix.”
“They are explosives. They do explode. Light the fuse, get away,” MacMillan said. “That’s what they all say on the packages, and then one of the most important things is don’t hold them in your hand and don’t let them rock back and forth and tip over.”
They are recommending you shop early if you’re interested in purchasing your own fireworks.