Firework sales are booming this year, according to salesman Nathan Brazle.
Brazle sells fireworks in the stand owned by Martin’s Fireworks located in the huge American flag tent at Garden City Plaza and he says business so far has been good.
“It has been quite busy. It is a bigger start this year than last year and last year was our biggest year ever. We are expecting another really big year as you can tell we are really stocked up. In anticipation, we ordered extra this year,” said Brazle.
Brazle got into the fireworks business 20 years ago when he was offered the job by owner and fellow teacher Shannon Martin and he has been working for him off and on ever since.
“It is a really good profession for school teachers because we basically don’t have a job in the summer,” said Brazle.
This year he believes the most popular items are the 500 Gram Cakes which are multi-shot fireworks that consist of many tubes connected with a fuse. These are typically used for grand finales.
“I think our biggest seller this year has been our 500 Gram Cakes, which is unusual. We have probably sold more of those than anything,” said Brazle.
His personal favorite firework is the Det Cord which is a crackling strip that creates long duration firecracker effects. His daughter, Bella Sevier, who helps him sell the fireworks, says her favorite is the Jumbo Octopus which is a sparkler with multiple flaming tentacles moving around.
Firework stands are only permitted to operate in Tennessee from June 20 to July 5 and Brazle suggests anyone wanting to purchase fireworks should probably do it sooner rather than later because he typically sells out by the Fourth of July.
“I would encourage people to come out early to get a good selection. Not just at my tent, but the others too because it is going quite briskly,” he said. “I’ve actually never been here on the 5th because we always sell out by the 4th. We just can’t get enough stock to last through the 4th, which is a good problem to have.”
In McMinnville, firework usage is restricted to the hours of 1 p.m. until 12 a.m. on the dates when fireworks are permitted to be sold only. However, the use of any fireworks in residential areas after 10:30 p.m. shall be considered disturbing the peace if residents have complained to the police department, and the police department has notified the users to discontinue use of fireworks.