Written by: Leonard Parker | Houston Business News | 07th June
A Fourth of July without fireworks is a haunting notion, but it could be a reality this year thanks to unforeseen issues plaguing local vendors.
According to ABC 13's Jeff Ehling, vendors in the Houston area are warning customers to buy fireworks while they can as shipping containers from China have seen delays at sea and on the West Coast—leading to what could become widespread shortages in Texas and beyond.
"There is going to be an increase in process just because shipping [times have] doubled since last year," fireworks vendor Cele Rasmussen told Ehling.
Artillery shells are currently among the most scarce commodities in vendors' inventories.
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Fireworks will go on sale at roadside stands beginning June 24. Prospective buyers should note that setting off fireworks within City of Houston limits is illegal, although surrounding unincorporated parts of Harris County feature no such restrictions.
Some good news is that Houston will be going forward with its annual "Freedom Over Texas" firework display and celebration.
Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed earlier this month that the display will once again take place as a virtual-first event. Organizers are looking to commemorate the occasion while discouraging mass, in-person gatherings that could spread COVID-19.June 1, 2021
"While I wish we could hold a huge Fourth of July celebration downtown, we're not just yet there," Turner said during a press conference.
In any case, if you're looking to celebrate with some sparks of your own, the best course of action appears to be getting your fireworks while the getting is [sort of] good.