As temperatures continue to dive and the potential for freezing precipitation looms, firework sales seemed to suffer in Grayson county the day before New Year’s Eve.
LaFawn Morykwas, owner of Ben’s Fireworks on State Highway 11 near Sherman said New Year’s fireworks sales are always slower than on Fourth of July.
“It has a lot to do with the weather,” Morykwas said Saturday afternoon. “It’s really slow right now, probably because of the cold.”
Because New Year’s is always colder than Fourth of July, people’s choice in fireworks changes, Morykwas explained. During the winter, people prefer multi-shots, which are fireworks that shoot 16 to 200 shots after they are lit. In the summer, people are more likely to explore different options like artillery shells and smaller items. This is because they do not mind being outside longer.
Morykwas cautioned everyone to be safe when celebrating with fireworks.
“Make sure to closely supervise children,” Morykwas said. “Do not shoot fireworks at each other. Don’t light them in your hand And don’t shoot them around dry pastures.”
Grayson County Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers said drought conditions via the KBDI did not reach 575 so the Grayson County Commissioners Court did not limit the use or sale of fireworks.
“However, folks need to take care and not shoot into our over heavily wooded areas or where vegetation is high,” Somers said.
Morykwas said she took over as owner of Ben’s Fireworks four years ago.
“I absolutely love it,” Morykwas said. “It’s a good time not only Fourth of July but on New Year’s too. I just love watching everybody celebrate during fireworks season. We are one of the largest outdoor fireworks stands out here in Grayson County.”