Bell County firework stands are now open!

If you're looking to stock up on your 4th of July fireworks, now's the time. The Killeen Daily Herald reports that Bell County Commissioners gave the go ahead to allow firework sales from midnight last Wednesday, till until Monday night.

Fire Marshal Chris Mahlstedt also gave his approval since Bell County is not in any drought conditions. (All of a sudden I'm glad for all the recent rain)

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Stocking up now could actually be a good thing as an article from CBS Minnesota says that a fireworks shortage could be happening this summer. Because of that, fireworks might be more expensive this summer as well.

The article mentions that because of the pandemic, and that July 4th firework shows were canceled last year and people bought more fireworks for their own backyard celebrations, that supplies are down and that many firework stand owners are waiting for shipments to come in from China.

Add that all together and factor in that overstock from last year is down and it makes sense that we could be looking at a shortage this year. Several vendors said to expect prices to be 10 to 20% higher than usual because of the low supply.

All the more reason to hit the stands this weekend and stock up on fireworks while you can.

And don't forget some safety rules for fireworks:

- Use fireworks outdoors in a safe area, away from dry grass and buildings
- Follow the directions on the fireworks package carefully, with close adult supervision
- Keep a bucket of water, wet towels and a garden hose nearby
- Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water
- Use common sense

Have fun!

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