Archive for Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fireworks sales to start in county

Rod Karlin, left, of Lawrence, and Al Cappel, of Leavenworth, hang lights in preparation for the opening of the Midwest Fireworks stand at 31st Street and Kasold Drive in this June 2010 file photo.

Rod Karlin, left, of Lawrence, and Al Cappel, of Leavenworth, hang lights in preparation for the opening of the Midwest Fireworks stand at 31st Street and Kasold Drive in this June 2010 file photo.

July 1, 2010

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Fireworks stands hope business picks up this year

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It’s a sure sign that the Fourth of July holiday is quickly approaching. Bright-colored tents are popping up all across Douglas County, and starting today, those tents will be bustling with fireworks sales.

The sale of fireworks is allowed in Douglas County from July 1 to 4. This year, 21 vendors applied for permits through the Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department. Many of them spent Wednesday readying their tents for what they hoped would be a booming business.

“The last couple of years the economy took a nosedive and any disposable income, especially luxury items, people started spending less on this kind of stuff,” fireworks vendor Rod Karlin said.

Karlin and his relatives have run the family fireworks business from a tent at 31st Street and Kasold Drive for the past 12 years. He said business was looking up this year.

“I hope the economy is recovering, and we’re going to do better this year,” Karlin said. “This is going to be a good weekend for fireworks, given the weather report and Monday being the observed holiday.”

Within eyesight of Karlin’s tent, longtime fireworks vendor Larry Bartz was busy preparing to spend his long Fourth of July weekend working. Bartz and his brother, Gary, have sold fireworks for nearly 20 years, although this year they had to relocate when the land their tent had been located on the southeast corner of 31st and Kasold was annexed by the city. Sale of fireworks is illegal in the city.

Still, the Bartz brothers are preparing for quite a show on Saturday.

“We are going to have a fireworks shoot here on the third, and it’s one of the biggest fireworks shoots around,” Larry Bartz said. “My son is a pyromaniac, and he loves to do it.”

Bartz said the half-hour show is open to the public — he suggests bringing lawn chairs — and it will start at dusk.

Fireworks can be set off in Douglas County from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Friday, and from 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Comments

kernal 4 years, 10 months ago

"Fireworks can be set off in Douglas County from 7am to 10pm today and Friday, and from 7am to Midnight Saturday and Sunday." Janet, I read that to include in the city limits of Lawrence and Baldwin City as well. Was that your intent?

jj14 4 years, 10 months ago

I thought fireworks were banned in Lawrence? Did I miss something?

kernal 4 years, 10 months ago

I don't recall seeing an official response to that rumor that's been floating around the past few days.

das 4 years, 10 months ago

Fireworks usage by private individuals is still banned within the city limits: http://lawrenceks.org/fireworks

A poorly written article.

jj14 4 years, 10 months ago

Print the article off while we still can, then use it as an excuse when crabby neighbors call the police!

kernal 4 years, 10 months ago

I don't think we'll get away with it. Something to do with ignorance of the law not being a good excuse. Dang!

kernal 4 years, 10 months ago

One of my neighbors is already out in his front yard shooting off black cats with his two toddlers, 4 & 2 yrs old in tow.

IndusRiver 4 years, 10 months ago

Freedom banned? Oh, that doesn't sound like us, does it?

riverdrifter 4 years, 10 months ago

Baldwin City = Dodge City when it comes to fireworks. The place just goes crazy.

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