As Monday’s daylight waned, dozens of people in central Fresno rushed to buy fireworks in time to light up their July 4 celebrations.
Selma resident Alexandra Solis was at a TNT Fireworks stand on the northeast corner of Olive and Palm avenues Monday evening to replenish her supply after she lit up her initial supply Sunday.
“I did Fourth of July yesterday with my family in Selma,” Solis said. “Today I’m just going to go to my baby’s dad’s house with his family and do some fireworks there with my kids.”
Solis said doing fireworks with her family was a yearly tradition.
We’ve established a good rapport with the community and see the same faces every year.
Angelica Davis, who helps run a fireworks stand at Palm and Olive avenues in Fresno
Angelica Davis, who has helped run the stand at Palm and Olive avenues for the past five years, said July 4 is typically the busiest day for fireworks sales.
Her stand helps raise money for Gymnastics Beat, a nonprofit that helps athletes who lack the money to participate in the sport.
“We’ve established a good rapport with the community and see the same faces every year,” Davis said.
The stand planned to stay open until 10 p.m. on the holiday. After closing, Davis and the other volunteers will do inventory and label everything so that the unopened fireworks can be returned to TNT.
“Whatever we don’t sell, we return,” she said. “We pay for whatever we did sell and make our profit that way.”
While the time to sell their remaining fireworks runs out in the nighttime, it’s unlikely for prices to drop much, said Brandi Fleming, who helped run the stand.
“Usually the smaller things that are opened, we can’t take back,” Fleming said. “We might wheel and deal those a bit but, technically speaking, we don’t really discount.”
Of course, when fireworks sparkle and fizz, there’s always the risk of fires.
Fresno firefighters were patrolling the city in shifts to watch for any errant fires – and to keep an eye out for illegal fireworks that could endanger people or property.