Rain good news for fireworks vendors

Customers flocking to Alamo Fireworks stands

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SAN ANTONIO - The rare sight of rain in San Antonio was good news for fireworks vendors on New Year's Eve.

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According to Luke Girdley, vice president of Alamo Fireworks, the rain means fewer fires for those celebrating the start of 2013.

"So we're real excited it's been raining out today on New Year's Eve," said Girdley. "People feel safer, and that's when they come out and buy fireworks."

At Alamo Fireworks, people were coming out in droves Monday and all weekend to buy from a diverse selection.

"Sunday, Saturday, Friday before that, they don't work those days and they want to have something fun to do," said Girdley.

A seemingly endless drought and the threat of a fireworks ban could have prevented the sales. Depending on the weather, Judge Nelson Wolff considered putting the ban into place for New Years. The threat of a ban still technically exists, but Girdley said the rain makes him optimistic.

"We're real excited that it's raining, and that there's probably very likely not to be a fireworks ban tonight and that folks are out here buying fireworks," said Girdley.

Still, the store took rockets with sticks off their shelves, just in case.

"When they come back down, they could still be burning whereas the products we sell right now burn up in the air," said Girdley.

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