Fireworks sales a 24-hour job for some - - Jackson, MS

Fireworks sales a 24-hour job for some

BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Vendors say the Fourth of July holiday is the biggest time of the year for fireworks sales.

And for some of those helping you get the best bang for your buck, the job never ends, even in the middle of the night.

"I spent six months of my life in Oklahoma through basic training and AIT, so it's almost comparable to that," American Fireworks manager James Curlee said.

Curlee sells firecrackers, sparklers and mortars to customers day and night, and his day doesn't end when they close.

"Once we get off at 10 o'clock every night, I get to go home and get a shower of course, and then I come back and I sleep here every night, so I practically live here 24 hours a day," Curlee said.

Curlee calls the trailer right beside his tent home for three weeks, from mid-June until July 5, and he's not the only one with a night shift.

"We have somebody who watches over everything else. We have someone who comes and picks up the money every night, so we don't have any safety concerns there," Curlee said.

That's why you see many fireworks stands with campers right next to them, to watch the very merchandise they can't just put away when they close.

Besides, where would they put it? 

Curlee expects a flatbed trailer on the lot -- still half full with fireworks -- to be empty by Sunday.

"They're making sure that none of their product hopefully gets taken, and they're trying to earn a living doing it at the same time, earning a little extra money. That's gotta be a stressful time for them," Byram resident Brian Huskey said.

Huskey added he once worked a fireworks stand, too, even keeping watch over the merchandise at night.

"We had people kinda snooping around. Even people'd be bold enough to come in and take merchandise," Huskey said.

Whatever Curlee's doing seems to be working, though. His Brandon location off Old Fannin Road always seems to attract customers.

"We've never had a problem with theft down here. This is a very safe area. We really don't have much to worry about at all," Curlee said.

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