DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD)- From big showstoppers to small sparklers, friends and families come together to pop fireworks and celebrate the new year.
Tent Managers John Easterly and Justin Wax have been in the firework business for a while working separately. They moved under one roof after years of friendly competition.
“After several years of rap battles in and out online, we figured we’d combined forces and see what could happen,” said Wax’s Cracker Shak Manager Justin Wax.
Customers like Russel Landry stopped by early and gathered supplies to welcome the new year in with a boom.
“We like showcases. We let the kids just kind of go nuts once a year, and we just get all of the stuff that they want and we just sit back and enjoy,” said Landry.
Wax said they’ve seen an influx of people buying fireworks over the past year.
“I would say that things have actually improved for us. Some of the other types of forms of entertainment that people were doing before the pandemic are now no longer available to them, and so people have found ways to enjoy time with their family,” said Wax.
However, there have been some challenges for firework stands everywhere with getting the big supply they need for this year.
“Supply chain issues have really affected everything from shipping it here to trucking it here. Hurricane Ida definitely affected the supply chain because one of the largest warehouses that supply us is in parts of Ponchatoula that got hit pretty hard, so we’re very thankful to have what we have here,” said John’s Boom Boom Tent Manager John Easterly.
Although 2021 has been tough, it doesn’t stop many from celebrating with some of their favorite traditions.
“We don’t get a lot of time together on the holidays, so this is like the one thing we make time to do with the family and friends,” said Landry.
Easterly and Wax encouraged people to come out early to shop for their favorite fireworks and to take safety measures while using them.