This year's Fourth of July was hot, muggy...and full of fireworks. That's welcome relief for fireworks vendors across the Ark-La-Tex, who suffered huge losses in 2011 after fireworks bans across much of Northwest Louisiana and East Texas.
The biggest day of this year, though, was a big boom for business. Lia Anthony runs a stand on Youree Drive and told us that things were picking up throughout the day. "I think people wre waiting until the last minute partially because if something did happen and they banned them, they didn't want to spend all the money on them, and then get banned," she said.
D.J. Fontana of Liberty Fireworks runs more than 20 locations in Caddo and Bossier Parishes. He told us this year will go a long way in helping to make up for the drought. "This week has been crazy. We've really been picking up the last two days. I think they're going to do better than they have in a long time," he said.
There was some concern that the holiday falling on a Wednesday could put a damper on sales, but so far, Fontana told us his numbers haven't been impacted.