SALTILLO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The 4th of July is right around the corner and with the ongoing pandemic people are having to change up their usual plans. The pandemic is forcing some towns to cancel their fireworks shows, which is resulting in a spark in fireworks sales at local stores.
"Some people are more excited," TNT Fireworks Manger Tyler Sanders, said. "The kids are for sure, they get to buy the fireworks and stuff instead of just going and watching them."
What used to be an opportunity for a mass gathering is now becoming an intimate affair. TNT Fireworks in Saltillo opened later this year because of COVID-19, but when they opened, people showed up.
"We are getting a little more business with the COVID stuff going around," Sanders said. "A lot of people don't want to go out to the places that even are having them, they are just a little nervous about going out so they want to buy some [fireworks]."
Over at Big Daddy's Fireworks in Tupelo, store manager Betty Akers said that the foot traffic hasn't increased leading up to the 4th of July, but people are buying in bulk.
"People have been buying at higher price points, spending a little bit more," Akers said. "I think people are kind of doing more of a stay at home, be with my family, you know, celebrate with ourselves kind of thing."
People wanting to celebrate with fireworks at home also means that there may be some first time buyers. Both Akers and Sanders have some quick tips to have safe 4th of July.
"Read the intructions, twice, three times, just make sure to read the instructions," Sanders said.
"Don't trust your children with fireworks," Akers said. "There's a reason they say adult supervision required, it doesn't take but a second to be hurt."
Safety is on everyone's minds right now and if you're choosing to stay at home, make sure you're responsibly shooting off those fireworks. It's also important to check to see if your town allows fireworks to be shot off within town or city limits. Nothing ruins a nice 4th of July barbecue like a visit from the police.