PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Just in time for Independence Day, the rain that so many in South Florida have been waiting for has allowed for Palm Beach County’s burn ban to be lifted. That change is having a major impact on local fireworks vendors, who count on this holiday for a year’s worth of revenue.
The market for Fourth of July fireworks has suddenly exploded. “We have all your reloadable shells. We have all your 500 gram cakes,” said Tom Gregor of Sky King Fireworks in West Palm Beach. Gregor said he thanks recent rains and a decision by Palm Beach County and the Division of Forestry to allow the lifting of the countywide burn ban. “The week before the Fourth, I guess we couldn’t have asked for a better time. A week later, it might have been a problem for us,” Gregor said.
Sky King Fireworks customer Keith Vandorin was not sure what he was going to do if the ban, in place since May 12, was not lifted by Independence Day. His new challenge was keeping his fireworks purchase below $400. “It’s part of the fun and camaraderie, getting with family and blowing things up,” said Vandorin.
Even with the additional inches of rain and the lifting of the burn ban, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials said there is still a risk with any fireworks despite recent rainfall. “If you have to do them, use the safe and sane fireworks or novelties and leave it to the professionals,” said Larry Whillhite, with Fire Rescue.
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