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Fireworks sales spike around New Year’s

By Bonney Bowman 10:49 PM December 29, 2013

Vendors see influx of customers despite fireworks being illegal in most of the state

ANCHORAGE – In a few days, we’ll be celebrating the end of 2013 and some Alaskans will be welcoming in 2014 with a bang.

Fireworks vendors say this is their busiest time of year.

It was steady business at the Gorilla Fireworks stand in Houston Sunday, even though fireworks are illegal in most of the state.

Fireworks used to be legal in Anchorage in 2010 and 2011, but now residents can’t shoot them off legally anytime of year.

That doesn’t stop some people. KTVA spoke with several who had driven to Houston to stock up.

The Mat-Su Borough allows fireworks from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s, except Palmer, where the window is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Gorilla Fireworks employees said they don’t ask where people are from. Instead, they stress safety.

“With every customer we have a conversation about safe use and safe, responsible, adult, sober supervision, making sure that they’re used the proper way,” said Manager Samantha Parsons.

If you’re caught lighting off fireworks in Anchorage, you face a citation and a fine.

However, you can check out the free display at the Fire & Ice celebration in Town Square, the torchlight parade at Alyeska, or the celebration at Wonderland Park in Wasilla.

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