Catherine Ross, NBC 5 News
Firework sales begin in North Texas on June 24, 2013.
Firework vendors in DFW are hoping for a big year of sales.
The season kicks off on June 24th and runs through the Independence Day holiday.
For Jason Rogers and his family, in business for decades, it’s a tradition of a week of hard work in set up and a frantic ten days of sales.
“We’ve been doing this here in this location for 20 years, but in the city since the 1960s. It’s a family tradition that I hope to pass on to my three boys,” said Rogers, the owner of AAA Fireworks in Hutchins.
Nationwide, in 2012, fireworks sales were nearly a $1 billion business.
Sales have also been strong in the areas of Metroplex where fireworks are permitted, though Rogers says factors in recent years, like the economy, drought and burn bans, have taken a hit out of his business.
However, he says with a strong forecast for 2013, he and his family are already scouting for other pieces of land, to host future stands and more business.
He says the vast majority of his business happens on the last two days fireworks sales are permitted, leading up to the Fourth of July.
Big cities like Dallas and Fort Worth have banned the sale and use of fireworks, and many areas limit the letting off of fireworks to unincorporated areas.
There are about 5,000 registered fireworks vendors in the state of Texas.