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Helena fireworks stands begin closing up shop

Posted at 7:15 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 21:15:37-04

HELENA — Sales after the Fourth of July are a crucial part of the business for some fireworks stands in the Helena area. But others stands, like TNT and Beehive Fireworks, say they don’t need those sales this year.

The operators of TNT Fireworks at Euclid Ave and Joslyn Street closed their stand today.

Nicole Merrill has run the TNT stand for four years and loves it. Merrill said they did better this year than expected despite the rain and storms earlier in the week.

“And we’ve had a lot of customers come back to our stand because we have our kids here with us, and they know that we are family-operated, and they know we are veterans too,” said Merrill. “They appreciate supporting the vets.”

Beehive Fireworks is near Canyon Ferry and will remain open on Friday. Manager Homer Key said they sold over 10,000 pounds of fireworks in the last year alone.

According to Key, “They were a little bit down from last year, but we had a pretty good year in general.”

Beehive Fireworks will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Friday before heading back to Missoula.

Montana State law prohibits firework sales after July 5.

-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News