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Some of the most popular fireworks already selling out in Central Texas

Published: Jun. 25, 2021 at 4:59 PM CDT
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TROY, Texas (KWTX) - A shortage of fireworks ahead of the Fourth of July holiday has retailers urging customers to shop early.

American Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks retailers in Central Texas, said its stock is 60-to-70 percent below normal.

Fireworks industry experts say the shortage was caused by factory shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shortages that followed.

The Bunker Fireworks package is one of the most popular in Central Texas.  It retails for $541...
The Bunker Fireworks package is one of the most popular in Central Texas. It retails for $541 and only a single package was in stock in Troy, Texas as of 6.25.21(Rosemond Crown)

“We have a shortage of truck drivers, we have a shortage of equipment at the rail yard, we have a shortage of employees,” said Glenn Davis, the manager of American Fireworks.

Davis said his team anticipated the shortage and made plans to distribute their merchandise. He said while all of their fireworks stands and shops are open for the 4th of July, they may not have all of the normal options.

The Beast fireworks package retails for $549.  A fireworks vendor in Troy, Texas said only one...
The Beast fireworks package retails for $549. A fireworks vendor in Troy, Texas said only one of these packages remained in stock as of 6.25.21.(Rosemond Crown)

Firework sales began Thursday in much of central Texas and retailers say shopping early will help prevent disappointment as there likely won’t be many options to choose from as we get closer to the 4th of July.

Davis said he anticipates that the shortage will have effects on the fireworks business throughout the summer and fall and into the next big fireworks themed holiday: New Year’s Eve.

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