Despite People's Concern for Safety, Firework Sales Go Up

Posted at 6:27 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 18:52:43-04

Fireworks are a common household accident around the 4th of July. It's why many in Erie County are taking precautions to prevent an injury since it's so much easier to get fireworks now.

“I’m the only one that lights them off. Keep the kids on the backyard keep them away from them so they are in their chairs just take it easy and have fun," Louis Gruber said.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Committee, there was an estimated 12,900 injuries related to fireworks in 2017. During the time period of June 16 to July 16 there were 8,700 injuries. 

The majority of injuries occur to the face, head, and hands, according to the CPS.

This isn't stopping anyone in Erie County from buying fireworks, though. Valerie Taylor owns and operates a Phantom Fireworks tent with her husband. She said they have made over $75,000 in just about a week.

"We sold out of everything in the first couple days,” Taylor said.

They emptied two large shipping containers filled with fireworks. She even said they could have sold more if they had more inventory. Two items in particular flew off the shelves.

“Assortments and sparklers. Oh my gosh. We sold out of those in the first day.”

It's important to remember that only sparklers are legal. Large aerial fireworks are still prohibited in Erie County.