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Fourth of July enthusiasts fork out big bucks for fireworks

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According to Forbes.com, Americans are expected to spend around $600 million on fireworks alone this year. According to Forbes.com, Americans are expected to spend around $600 million on fireworks alone this year.
Gary Levin Gary Levin
Jim Bulleit Jim Bulleit

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – A lot of people prefer to create their own light shows this holiday, which means big business for firework retailers.

For Gary Levin, it's time to pick out anything that snaps, crackles or pops. "Celebrating the Independence Day and ringing it in with a little bang," said Levin. 

At Powder Keg in Jeffersonville, that's easy to do because just what would be the Fourth of July without fireworks? 

"Rockets red glare, it's right there in the Star Spangled Banner, we are perpetuating the American dream here at Powder Keg," said Jim Bulleit, Powder Keg owner. 

Bulleit knows people are not afraid to spend money this time of year. "A lot of people will come and several families will through money together, but if I had to average, I would say maybe $300 to $400 with the larger customer spending $2000 to $3000," said Bulleit. 

Levin planned on spending $150. "We have a budget that we are fully prepared to exceed," said Levin. 

Other families have a reputation to uphold. "We have to beat the neighborhood next door," said Tina Breitenstein of Oldham County. "Go Glenn Eagles in La Grange."

Just what does that cost? "Uhh $500," said Breitenstein. 

She's not alone. According to Forbes.com, Americans are expected to spend around $600 million on fireworks alone this year.

While they may be a must have for your holiday celebration, Bulleit wants to remind customers that staying safe can be simple.

"Consumer fireworks are meant to be safe, so if you follow the rules, they are very safe," said Bulleit. "There are specific things you do. If it says light it like the fuse and get back, light the fuse and get back."

Sparklers are considered kid friendly, but they are known to cause some injuries, so be careful when you use them. It's a good idea to keep some water close by.

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