Drought conditions pose greater risk for firework dangers

WETUMPKA, AL (WSFA) - One step inside Big Daddy's Fireworks in Wetumpka and you'll see, fire crackers are one hot commodity.

"This is the best season in five years," says Owner John Jones.

Jones admits the struggling economy hurt him in the past, but not anymore.

"The average sale has probably been $400 dollars."

Workers say not only are they seeing more people come through the doors, but those customers are also spending more money on bigger fireworks.

"You can't let the neighbors beat you out. That's why you gotta go bigger," says William Beeman.

While sales skyrocket, so do drought concerns.

In June, Governor Robert Bentley issued an outdoor burning ban for the entire state.

Since then, the ban has been lifted from 12 north Alabama counties, but the River Region is still under a drought emergency.

The Alabama Forestry Commission suggests keeping fireworks away from woods and dry grass.  They advise anyone using fireworks to have a garden hose or other water supply nearby.

"You don't want to be out there putting out a fire," adds Beeman.

While the concerns aren't keeping money from the cash register, Jones wants customers to use caution--no matter what.

"Anytime, I don't care if it's this season, a drought year, a wet year, it's still common sense. You need to have a water supply close by."

Many cities have ordinances against shooting off fireworks in the city limits. It is illegal in Montgomery, Prattville and Wetumpka.

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