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Firework stands open for business in Texas

Fire department prepares for busy week

SAN ANTONIO - There was no fire to fight Sunday in the small town of Lone Oak but volunteer Fire Chief Ronald McGovern was still up early making sure their equipment was all in working order.

"We went through all the trucks, checked all of the fluids, just get em' ready," said McGovern.

That's because Sunday was a significant day for the 18 members of this small department. It was the day fireworks stands were allowed to open for business.

For stand owners like Lucas Girdley with Alamo Fireworks Inc., it meant they're back in business. Last year's ban shut them down.

"We had a 40,000 square foot warehouse and we couldn't afford it anymore due to the drought conditions and getting shut down," Girdley said.

This year, there is no fireworks ban and no burn ban. Girdley is hoping for a lucrative week.

"We're very excited due to the rain and we think there's going to be a lot of people and a lot of interest in buying fireworks this season," Girdley said.

But with conditions still pretty dry, hot and windy, Chief McGovern said he and his crew could also be in for a busy week.


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