Fireworks workers wear many hats

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 20, 1999

Welcome to Murray’s Fireworks stand.

Hunters have been known to use the crackling critters to stir up wildlife, but other than that most experiments take place in the hands of children.

Proceed with caution.

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“They think of this as their grocery store, its worse than having a candy store,” said Joe Sweeney who works at the stand.

“How much does this one cost,” asked Kyle Blackwell, a seven year-old space invader.

Sweeney provides the figures and even does the math for the youngsters trying to defy gravity on a limited budget.

But she also plays police officer in this land of sparks and gunpowder.

Handle with care.

“I have to teach them what not to do with these things – like have wars with them.”

And in the world of glitzy lights and bangs and pops where gunpowder is the fuel and combustion a tool, prudence prevails.

“Anytime you play with fire and gunpowder you’ve got to be careful,” advised the wise-cracker, wise advisor who feels responsible for teaching children firework safety.

Contents flammable.

Children come in and want the biggest and brightest things.”

“What does this one do?” asked Blackwell, ready to break the sound barrier.

“Son I think thats a little dangerous, thats hard plastic.”

“I wasn’t gonna get one anyway.”

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