Business is booming

By: 
CHRIIS RODEN FOR THE LACLEDE COUNTY RECORD

The first sign that it is coming is when empty tents begin popping up alongside roadways.
Then they fill up with products like Cajun Heat, Watermelon Moonshine, Redneck Women and Mobile Menace, and people begin to get serious about the Fourth of July.
Besides celebrating America’s love of independence, which prompted the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, it also celebrates its love of bombs bursting in air in colorful patterns and sometimes ear-pounding fashion.
“Sales have been pretty good. When it falls on a Wednesday, it’s kind of a weird year. It all hits right at the very, very end. Everybody waits until the night of the 3rd and 4th to get stuff,” Keith Allen said.
Allen owns Gary’s Fireworks across from the Dollar General on Missouri 64. He also owns nine others. His customers shop in air-conditioned comfort at this store.

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