SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — There is a resounding message from local fireworks vendors, visit their stores and get stocked up for the fourth of July. From assortments, to reloadable shells you name it, they’ve got it. The Community Common recently stopped in Crazy Katies’ Fireworks in South Portsmouth, Ky., Freebies Fireworks in South Shore, Ky., and Crazy Coo Fireworks in Wheelersburg.
Crazy Katie’s Fireworks, 101 Flat Hollow Road in South Portsmouth, Ky. Katie Kaiser, has owned for 10 years. She said she is stocked with 50,000 plus in inventory.
“I love this time of year, and my birthday is right after the fourth,” Kaiser said. “We are always ready and excited to provide the fireworks items that our customers are looking for.”
Kaiser said practicing safety for children is extremely important.
“You definitely don’t want to let children near any fireworks by themselves, except sparklers, little smoke bombs, the little items,” Kaiser said. “But even with those, you want to put out the fire because could also be dangerous. I would suggest the wooden sparklers for kids, and make sure that kids stay so many feet away when you do light them and make sure that you have them properly set up, according to the directions given on the packaging.”
Kaiser also said adults should also inspect all fireworks items to make sure they are not damaged, or wet.
“If you have any of these types of problems with the fireworks, that could make them not go off properly,” Kaiser said.
Crazy Katie’s Fireworks hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Freebies Fireworks, 28474 US-23 in South Shore, Ky. is open for their second season and offers between 500 to 515 different types of fireworks for purchase. Larry Yant works as manager of the Freebies Fireworks South Shore, Ky. location.
“This is our second year here in South Shore, but we do have another location in Catlettsburg, and it has been there since 2010,” Yant said. “I would say that we have somewhere between 500 and 515 different things for people to choose from. I haven’t taken an actual count of it.”
Yant said they did well in their fireworks sells last year.
“Our hottest item would be the Mortars, that you load yourself, Excalibur, Terminator,” Yant said. “I have quite a few people to come in and start stocking up already, in preparation for the 4th of July. We are expecting another good season, and we have a lot to offer our customers.”
Freebies Fireworks is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Patricia Cooper, owner of Crazy Coo Firework, Inc. (CCF), 79 International Lane in Wheelersburg, said reloadable shells are CCF’s hottest item every year.
“The hottest item every season so far has been the reloadable shells. Most people call them Mortars, and we have about three dozen different types, and they all sell,” Cooper said.
Paige Qvick, Cooper’s 10-year old granddaughter who works at CCF every summer, took The Community Common on a tour of CCF, displaying the most popular fireworks that attracts their customer base.
“We have rockets filling up all of this side, and this side are all fountains,” Qvick said. “We sell a lot of the assorted smoke bombs, which are more kid-friendly.”
Qvick said most kids like the fireworks items that have silly names, such as, “Circus Peanuts.” The older kids really like the Captain America which are for daytime use, so you can set them off early,” Qvick said.
CCF hours of operation are Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information about CCF, call 740-574-2264, or visit the website :www.crazycoofireworks.com.
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