Fireworks sales: With no bang,
comes no bucks


A fire ban enacted last May in Mesa County deterred fireworks stands from opening for Independence Day 2012.

This year, the stands are back. And one week before the Fourth of July, so is the fire ban.

Mesa County residents can buy sparklers and fountain-style fireworks this year. They just can’t set them off as long as the fire ban enacted today remains in effect.

Shoppers had been excited to get their fireworks fix after a two-year gap Tuesday when Church on the Rock’s youth group opened stands on Orchard Mesa, North Avenue and at Rimrock Shopping Center, said the church’s Misty Labig as she ran the Rimrock tent Wednesday afternoon. She’s not sure how the ban will impact sales but said the church is counting on the fireworks stand to help raise money to send a handful of students to a youth event in Florida.

“We weren’t able to go last year,” without the fireworks stands, Labig said. “The previous year, we raised $7,000.”

Across town on North Avenue, Misty’s husband, Church on the Rock Associate Pastor Paul Labig, said there was some hesitation about opening fireworks stands this year knowing another fire ban could be enacted. He said he wishes the authorities could decide sooner in the summer if a fire ban will be needed. “We invest about $700 in registers and other items,” Paul Labig said.

“We have yet to see if we’ll recoup all that money or everyone’s time. It will be interesting to see how it goes (Thursday).”

A fire ban enacted last May in Mesa County deterred fireworks stands from opening for Independence Day 2012.

This year, the stands are back. And one week before the Fourth of July, so is the fire ban.

Mesa County residents can buy sparklers and fountain-style fireworks this year. They just can’t set them off as long as the fire ban enacted today remains in effect.

Shoppers had been excited to get their fireworks fix after a two-year gap Tuesday when Church on the Rock’s youth group opened stands on Orchard Mesa, North Avenue and at Rimrock Shopping Center, said the church’s Misty Labig as she ran the Rimrock tent Wednesday afternoon. She’s not sure how the ban will impact sales but said the church is counting on the fireworks stand to help raise money to send a handful of students to a youth event in Florida.

“We weren’t able to go last year,” without the fireworks stands, Labig said. “The previous year, we raised $7,000.”

Across town on North Avenue, Misty’s husband, Church on the Rock Associate Pastor Paul Labig, said there was some hesitation about opening fireworks stands this year knowing another fire ban could be enacted. He said he wishes the authorities could decide sooner in the summer if a fire ban will be needed. “We invest about $700 in registers and other items,” Paul Labig said.


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