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Strong winds blow down fireworks tent

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Strong winds from Sunday night's storms left a big mess. A fireworks sales tent blew down. It happened around 8:30 Sunday night on West New Circle Road.

People inside Phantom Fireworks, in the Goodwill parking lot, say it only took moments for the tent to get picked up as high as 30 feet into the air.

Jan Yon, who's son Jesse owns the business, says she grabbed the teens shopping inside, and pulled them as far away as she could. She says once they all realized everyone was okay, they started loading $120,000 worth of fireworks into a storage trailer.

"We had about thirty minutes to get everything under cover. We threw things in our cars, got it in the storage container, in our pockets. All with the help of these neighborhood kids. I wish I had their names," said Yon.

"In terms of products, it's just money," Jesse Yon said. "We're just glad nobody was hurt."

Phantom Fireworks will be open and ready for business on Monday. Yon says between the heat and threat of a fireworks ban, business has been very slow this season. She says the next two days leading to the fourth of July are usually their biggest sales days.

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