Looking to light up the sky, shoppers stock up on fireworks before the Fourth of July

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Fourth of July is fast approaching, and people are already stocking up on fireworks for the holiday.

Reports show that in 2015, Americans spent more than $725 million on fireworks. Days before the holiday, people were buying all kinds of fireworks at the Black Cat tent on Southwest Boulevard.

“He likes the loud ones, I don’t. I like the lights and the sparkles,” said Laura Torres who was buying fireworks with her boyfriend.

“The favorites are usually smoke bombs, snaps, the little tanks that shoot off and race," said Kristy Estabine who was shopping with her family.

The bigger the sparkles, the louder the sound, the more it’ll cost. Some people are ready to spend up $500 worth of celebrations.

“I’ve got some parachutes, little chickens, neon sparklers,” said Natasha Garcia of her filled shopping cart.

Before the holiday hits and the fireworks tents get really busy, these customers are making sure they can buy what they want before time runs out.

Ino Garcia, who runs the fireworks tent, says the Black Cat tent has been set up on the corner of Southwest Blvd and 7th Street for about a decade. The money raised will go toward his church in Overland Park where he is a pastor.

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