Sara Story, Denton Journalist
North Texas fireworks stands plan to cash in on the new year.
North Texas fireworks stands plan to cash in on the new year. Their busiest season is typically the summer, but the drought and dry conditions wiped out business earlier in the year.
No matter their display, fireworks are a tradition that businesses like Nelson's Fireworks in Roanoke rely on. They are open only twice a year, 4th of July and New Year's Eve.
"In this business, it's all about the weather," Nelson's Fireworks manager Randy Nelson said.
Nelson said weather wiped out business this past summer.
"We were off from 30-35 percent," Nelson said.
However, he's optimistic about this weekend.
"This winter, the drought levels are far lower. We have had a lot of rain in the past month, and things are a lot better than they were six months ago," Nelson said.
The burn ban in Denton County has been lifted, but officials said this does not mean it's safe to let your guard down.
"The dead grass is going to burn. If you put a sparkler out there, that grass is going to take off," Jaime Moore with Denton County Emergency Services said. "We are moving into our typical wildfire season in Texas. What that means is, we are ready to burn."
Moore said celebrate the new year with a bang, but keep the fire away from high grass and make sure you have plenty of water nearby.