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Thursday, July 3 2014, 06:53 PM EDT
Fireworks in East Ridge Now Legal
Depending on where people live in Tennessee selling fireworks is illegal. But business is booming for one city in Hamilton County after an exception passed two years ago.

Since stores popped up in East Ridge, people are willing to save on gas and shell out cash for fireworks.

"It's for my sister. They love playing around with the fireworks," said Malik Woods, who was shopping in Dixieland Fireworks Thursday with his family. "It's for my sister. They love playing around with the fireworks. It's mainly for them, but we're kids too. So, everyone likes to shoot a little off now and then."

Keesha Woodard's family owns Dixieland Fireworks, and she said their numbers have tripled since they opened three years ago.

"It's brought people off Interstate 75, and they go to the flea market. They go eat," said Woodard. "I know what we've paid in taxes, so I do know that it has helped the economy here in East Ridge."

Customers, like Jared White, who live in North Georgia, said they like avoiding a long trip to other counties.

"We've been to other places in Tennessee, and they don't compare to what we can get a couple of miles away right here," said White. 

If customers plan on saving on gas, that cash could go toward fireworks. A report shows the average person spends about $300 to $500 on light shows.
That number sounded about right for one family NewsChannel9's Briona Arradondo spoke with while they shopped.

"We usually spend about $200 to $300," said Jamica Person, who was shopping with her son Woods. "We love it. It's always been a family tradition."

Woodard said the law change has helped their business to grow.

"Our business has doubled, tripled each year. We've had a wonderful New Years, Memorial Day, and we're on track to blow it out of the water this year," said Woodard. 

Fireworks can be a lot of fun, but remember to be safe and know how to handle them. Also be sure to check the laws where you live about where and when you can shoot off fireworks.   

By Briona Arradondo  Fireworks in East Ridge Now Legal

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