Austin-area fireworks stands see big business on 4th of July

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MANCHACA, Texas (KXAN) — Plenty of people opt out of the big fireworks shows in favor of more intimate venues where they get to light the fuse, and fireworks stands across Central Texas were busy Thursday in the last-minute rush to buy.

“We’re here two weeks and it’s really slow, and then 90 percent of our business is like July 4th,” said Chloe Mueller, who’s leasing a Big Tex Fireworks stand in Manchaca. She recruited friends to help and expects they’ll sell out before midnight.

They think sales will be up this year because there currently aren’t any counties in Central Texas with burn bans in place.

“There’s been a lot of rain so we feel a little safer about setting off some fireworks,” said Shannon Mullan, who stocked up on fireworks with her family at the Manchaca stand. She and her husband own a small business so they were happy to support a local distributors.

It’s been a couple weeks of long, hot days for Mueller, but she gets a thrill out of seeing how excited customers are to celebrate the holiday. “People are coming up and [telling] me, ‘Well, you don’t get to watch fireworks,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I’m on the other side of it now, right? . . . I’m selling fireworks, but I’m providing joy.'”

Plenty of options available at the Big Tex Fireworks stand in Manchaca. (KXAN Photo/Sydney Benter)

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