N. TX fireworks sales boom with no burn ban in place

For the past few years, professional shows were pretty much the only place where North Texans could see a fireworks display.

Burn bans were put in place for the past three or four summers because of the drought, and that meant no backyard displays because of the fire threat.

However, the recent rain has changed all of that.

Fireworks stands are already seeing long lines beyond the city limits, where they can legally be lit off.

Sales at TNT Fireworks in Mansfield are booming.

"We're probably double what we were last year,” said store operator Louis Lents.

Jeanie Childers and her family used to worry about grass fires near their home. This year, they're still being cautious, but they're buying more.

"We'll probably blow off some artillery shells,” said Childers. “My husband loves fireworks, some of the fountains and stuff, the bigger stuff this year that we didn't do last year because of the concern.”

A year ago, around 89 percent of the state was in some level of drought. Now, that number sits at 5 percent, and all of North Texas is at a low risk for fire.

Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Renois says fires are possible, and people still need to be careful, but the greener grass likely means any spark from a firecracker just won't spread as quickly.

'We' re not so worried about the taxation on the fire departments as far as running a lot of grass fires, fuel costs, expenses, wear and tear, you know, and then property loss, too,” said Renois.                     

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