A plethora of fireworks could be seen from the Booneville baseball/softball complex east of town during a season ending tournament last week. That was just fine with Lynn Kohler.
One week before Independence Day, Kohler was restocking shelves at a firework stand located east of the city on Highway 10, across from Rockline, Industries.
That did not happen last year.
"The burn ban just killed us," said Kohler.
Fireworks were prohibited within Logan County and in all municipalities within the county as a burn ban that was enacted on May 31 lingered through the holiday and stretched through back to school events.
Stands who work as resale sites rather than on consignment, like the one Kohler’s family operates, had no choice but to store the fireworks for this year.
However, Kohler said, fireworks offered at their stand are guaranteed and anyone who has an issue can return a non-exploding firework for a replacement.
At the Boys & Girls Club tent, located a little further east beside the National Guard Armory, sales began a couple days later than last year and have been well ahead of the pace.
"Just hearing that rain may be on the way and there shouldn’t be a burn ban has made a big difference," said Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County board member Audry Nonn last week. "We expect a great sale.
As for the city’s annual firework show, the show must go on.
With last year’s cancellation Booneville has been trying to have a fireworks show for almost two years. The wait should end tomorrow night during an Independence Day show set for Bearcat Stadium.
Rebuffed by a burn ban last year the annual July Fourth show was canceled and talks about possibly holding a show over Labor Day met with the same issues. Other considerations for the show like homecoming and New Year’s Eve also fell through.
Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey McCollough said recently that everything is set for tomorrow’s show.
Fireworks used for the show will be those purchased for the show that did not happen in 2012. But, McCollough said, shelf life should not be an issue because the company from where the explosives were purchased has a climate controlled storage facility.
Thursday’s show will begin at dusk, or about 9 p.m. McCollough said gates will open at 8. It was unclear whether concessions would be available.