Mo. fireworks stands open for business, hope for booming season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firework stands are open for business this weekend.  Missouri law allows the stands to open two weeks before July 4.

Fireworks companies are trying to recover from last year's extreme drought, which led to many fire departments banning fireworks in many communities

However, there has been much more snow and rain this year, leaving the grass and trees nice and green, instead of brown and a fuel source for fires.

"You could almost hear the grass crackling. It was a whole different ball game and so when that rain kept coming and coming it was just so good for us and it`s a good start," said Tom Whelan, the owner of Mr. Whelan's Fireworks.

"We`re not in a drought period, so you`re gong to have a lot more people shooting fireworks out on their own this year," said Fire Marshal Mark Morrison of the O'Fallon Fire Protection District.

If you're using fireworks, remember the fire marshal recommends that you use safety glasses, adult supervision and keeping a bucket of water nearby.

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