BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA/WGMB) – Fireworks, it’s what kicks off the Fourth of July with a boom.
And while the activity can be a blast… there is a nationwide shortage due to the pandemic.
Torey Powers has sold fireworks for roughly a decade. He is currently the manager at Mongo’s Fireworks and says this year is unlike any other with only 60% of their normal supply.
“We were able to get more last year, we also had leftovers,” said Powers. “Last season we sold out entirely, so this is a lot of new product that we had to buy, ship in.”
The shortage is mainly due to shipping delays caused by the pandemic. TNT Fireworks, one of the largest suppliers in the country, said the shortage is due to shipping delays, backup at ports and container shortages.
With the drop in supply, prices have blown up. Powers said that they’ve raised prices on certain items to offset shipping costs and a rise in prices from wholesalers. He said now is the time to stock up before they fly off the shelves.
“A lot of our concurrent customers, the customers that come every year, they are like ‘wow, I’ve never seen this little on the 30th or the 1st,'” said Powers.
If you are planning on lighting off the cakes, fountains, sparklers — you might want to make your purchase sooner than later.
“You got to come fast because we are selling out,” Powers said.