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Fireworks and shortage this weekend of July 4

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW / WAGT) – People are ready to light up the skies this weekend with fireworks. Last year, fireworks sales exploded, with more and more people putting on their own neighborhood shows. And this year, your favorite events are back.

The weekend of July 4 starts off with a bang. Augusta, Aiken, and Columbia counties all have fireworks waiting to go off.

“Just like last year after six months of COVID. People wanted to do something, ”said Don Lively, director of the Waynesboro Downtown Development Authority.

Mad Anthony’s Big Boom lit up the Waynesboro skies tonight, it was one of the few shows that didn’t get canceled last year.

Michael Wood, also known as “the hot dog man,” worked on the show for six years. He says people are eager to come out this year. And this also has booming business.

“And so that makes it a lot easier because everyone knows me. And so they go, oh there’s the hot dog guy, and they see my big flag and they must have a hot dog,” Wood said.

And if you light the match yourself, you can expect higher prices and a few more empty shelves. Some local fireworks shops are reporting supply shortages. And they say it will only get worse as we get closer to the Fourth. Overall, the fireworks industry estimates that supply is down 30%. But it had no impact on local broadcasts.

“We haven’t had any shortages or problems,” Lively said.

Last year the GreenJackets fireworks display was canceled so they can’t wait to make some noise too.

“Being at the ballpark, it just seems like July 4th,” said Brandon Greene, CEO of GreenJacket. “So they’re a little brighter, a little longer, probably even a little louder than the normal fireworks we do on a typical Saturday night.”

Make the fourth this year even brighter.

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