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Richmond sees fireworks stands increase with Lexington ban

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - We're days away from the Fourth of July, and whether you're looking for fireworks like artillery shells, "The predator," or even fireworks labeled "Guilty as Charged," chances are you won't find them in Lexington, but Richmond is stocked up.

"It's been going good, we expect a pickup by the third or the fourth," said Brian Elliott, who sells fireworks in Richmond.

Lexington put a ban on the most powerful fireworks, which means many customers are heading out of town to buy them, and cities like Richmond are cashing in.

"We've seen a pretty good increase there. I know I've got a friend up in Georgetown selling them, too, and he says he's seen a lot of business up there," stated Jesse Wynne, who sells fireworks in Richmond, adding, "But yeah, we've had a decent amount coming down here because of the ban up there."

More customers means more businesses as Fire Chief Buzzy Campbell explains, "Well last year we had six to seven tents, this year it's been about a 50% increase, we've got 12 to 14. We have to contribute that to Fayette County not allowing fireworks sales."

With more tents means more money, that's what Chief Campbell says can be good for the city of Richmond, but for the sellers it means there's more competition.

"There's definitely a competition increase," answered Wynne.

"It's helped beef up traffic around the area, but yeah you do have to be more competitive. You just make sure you have the best prices," explained Elliott.

"The competition has made it a little more interesting so just keep your prices low and good luck, I guess," added Wynne.

While the light restrictions in Richmond are looking up, Chief Campbell says it could bring more calls this holiday weekend. So he reminds everyone be sure they are 50 to 100 feet from any building before lighting the fireworks.


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