Smiths get a bang out of operating fireworks stand


 A great place to buy fireworks since 2002, Kent and Julie Smith's fireworks stand attracts people from all over. 
 Along with a set of regular customers from the area, people from Texas and Nebraska stopped by once and just keep coming back.
 "Fourth of July brings out the big kid in everyone," Kent Smith said.
 The Smiths started out helping Kent's brother and found selling fireworks to be a good way to make a little extra money. 
 "Americans spend the most money on the Fourth of July," Kent Smith said.
 "Everyone celebrates the country's independence and it's all thanks to the veterans," Julie Smith added.
 The Smiths currently operate two stands, one can be found one mile west of town on Highway 9, the other next to the Dairy Queen. The stand on Highway 9 allows the Smiths to start selling fireworks a bit earlier because it is outside of city limits.  Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the week and 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. on the 4th, Kent and Julie Smith say their busiest days are the 3rd and 4th, when it seems like business never stops.
 "Everyone likes a big boom, the aerial tubes," Kent Smith said, and with an increasing number of suppliers, their most popular brand is still the original Black Cat. 
 One of their greatest joys is watching the kids. The Smiths enjoy getting to know their customers and love to give away fireworks here and there.
 "It brings people back," Julie Smith said.
 One of their biggest draws is a drawing they have for a family pack at each stand.  The Smiths draw names on the 4th and anyone who purchases $5 or more is eligible to win.
 "It's been good to us," Julie Smith said.
 Anyone wishing to shoot fireworks can find a variety of stands like the Smiths from which to purchase them, but the Concordia Police Department and Concordia Fire Department would like to remind people of a few ordinances and safety tips.
In Miltonvale fireworks can be shot from July 1-4 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
In Clyde fireworks can be shot from June 30-July 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and July 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Jamestown allows fireworks June 27 - July 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 4th from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., and July 5th from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.
Glasco allows fireworks from June 27 through July 5th.
Fireworks may be sold from July 1-4 and shot from July 1-5 in Concordia.
There are no specific fireworks ordinances for the county.
 When shooting fireworks it is important to always read and follow the instructions on the label of fireworks purchased from a reputable source, to supervise children, to take proper precautions against injury and property damage and to have water handy.
 If you would just like to enjoy watching fireworks without going to the trouble and expense of shooting them yourself, the American Legion will have a free fireworks display on July 3rd at the Concordia Sports Complex starting at 10 p.m.  They will be shooting off $5,200 of fireworks ranging from 4 inch shells to 10 inch shells. The Rotary Club will have ice cream as well.
 On July 4th, the American Legion will have dollar hamburgers and hot dogs for sale all day, or until they run out.  That evening the American Legion will put on another fireworks display at the 19th Hole.


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