Small Fireworks Vendors Prevail Despite Rainy Weather

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -- A lot of people around the Tennessee Valley prefer to put on their very own fireworks show. For the smaller stands, the Independence Day is a "make-it" or "break-it" holiday for people in the business of selling patriotic pyrotechnics.

"It was steady yesterday but in the fireworks business, you do 70 percent of your business on the 4th," said Mark Clouser, the owner of a stand on Highway 431 in New Hope.

Kristi Dean with O'Boy Fireworks had a similar reaction. "The rain doesn't seem to be keeping anybody from coming in," she said. "We just hope it slacks off enough so everybody can enjoy the day and shoot fireworks."

Clouser said his stand was doing pretty well, despite the weather. However, as a Huntsville Fire Department firefighter, he's not completely opposed to a little rain on the 4th. He preaches safety before sales. "It's a little slow, the rain hinders it," he said.  "But it's also good in a way because because we`ve had no burns in the last couple years so we`d rather do a little less business and know nothing's going to burn down. '"

Overall, rain on a holiday is just part of the gig. "It`ll be alright, you just take it,"
said Clouser. "There's good years, theres bad years, that`s business."