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The spark is still there; fireworks are flying off shelves this summer

Posted at 1:25 PM, Jun 30, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — You've probably been hearing them for weeks.

"We had Memorial Day, then Juneteenth, and now we get to have the 4th of July," said Amanda O'Neal.

O'Neal is working for TNT Fireworks this week, selling outside the Hamburg Meijer at one of its pop-up stands.

"It's been great," she said of business lately. "We've had some heavy foot traffic, and we're excited for what's to come."

Across town, at TNT's tent in the Walmart shopping center off Russell Cave Road, Michael Navis hasn't been surprised to see the inventory beginning to fade.

"A lot of people, especially with what's going on, need a way to celebrate in the hard times. I think fireworks is one way they can do that," Navis said.

Many cities and towns across America had to make the tough choice to refrain from staging their annual fireworks displays, to avoid gathering of large groups.

"It's a way to surround something, at a safe distance and still get entertainment," Navis adds.

A spokesperson for TNT tells LEX 18 that a fireworks shortage isn't likely, but many of their locations could sell out of the more popular items before Friday. They want to make sure people use their products safely and legally, based on what's allowed in each jurisdiction.

If you can follow those rules, then we can all do as Amanda suggests.

“Sell some fireworks, and have some fun,” she said.