Bad news for lovers of fireworks, good news for hands.

Yes, hands across the country may be spared this weekend due to a nationwide fireworks shortage. The 4th of July is almost here, and if you haven't gotten your fireworks yet, you might want to head to your nearest stand ASAP.

Believe it or not, the shortage of fireworks is directly tied to, you guessed it, the Coronavirus pandemic Apparently, due to the COVID-19 shutdown around the world, many fireworks manufacturers in China had to cease operations. On top of that, the ports were shutdown so America receiving the existing fireworks became even more difficult.

Regional Manager for Little Dixie Fireworks, Ashley Routon, says, "Then it trickled down with the ports being closed and just getting the fireworks over here, so it’s multiple things that have caused the shortage, not just one.”

On top of that, it's expected that 4th of July this year will be one of the biggest ever, with an incredibly high demand for fireworks. The reason for this is fairly obvious, this is sort-of a make-good 4th of July. We didn't have much to celebrate at this time last year, and also various restrictions were issued to some-what hinder our ability to congregate and celebrate.

There are many wholesale firework distributors in America who are trying to navigate the low supply and high demand. Routon says, "I do know that there are several wholesale buyers that are planning on opening less tent locations for themselves because they just don’t have the product to fill them.”

Hopefully this shortage doesn't effect us too bad here in Shreveport-Bossier, but just incase, don't wait to buy your 4th of July fireworks this year.



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