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FIREWORKS SEASON: Ulery Fireworks employee Justin Herrold poses near a display of some of the 14 kinds of 500 gram fireworks that the store sells. Owner Vi Ulery says with the new law changes, people are more willing to purchase more fireworks and bigger ones, such as the most powerful 500 grams. (Arnold Ernest/Pharos-Tribune)

By Melissa Soria

Pharos-Tribune staff writer

Vi Ulery has been in the fireworks business for more than 25 years.

She owns Ulery Fireworks Inc., located in the mall and on Third Street in Logansport.

Being in the business for so long, she has witnessed the Indiana fireworks law change several times.

She says that with the recent law change — in which individuals don’t have to sign a form to promise that they’ll use fireworks out-of-state — fireworks sales has been up.

“The fireworks sales are going really good,” Ulery says.

She says that individuals are more willing to purchase fireworks as a result of the new law Governor Daniels signed in March.

Becky McConnell, store manager of TNT Fireworks in the Eastgate Plaza in Logansport, agrees.

Ulery and McConnell say that people are also buying bigger fireworks than before.

Ulery and Ulery Fireworks employee Justin Herrold say that fireworks of 500 grams, which are the most powerful fireworks you can purchase, are a popular item this year.

Other popular items are bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman Candles.

Ulery says that she remembers 25 years ago when sparklers, smokers, snakes and fountains were the only legal fireworks at the time.

Now you can purchase fireworks similar to what you see at your local park, in all different varieties.

Ulery Fireworks sells 14 different kinds of the 500 gram fireworks. Some are colorful, some are just white and some have sparkles.

Ulery says that there are several customers or “fireworks enthusiasts” who come in and spend a $1,000 dollars worth of fireworks each year.

Ulery, Herrold and McConnell say that today and tomorrow will be the biggest days for the sale of fireworks.

They are expecting hundreds of people to stop buy to purchase last-minute entertainment.

“By the time we open until midnight, it’s usually nonstop,” Ulery says of the traffic at the stores.

Both stores are preparing for the busy days. At the Ulery Fireworks 3rd Street location, 10 employees will be on duty.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had 500 people come through,” McConnell said from the weekend to Tuesday.

Reminder to fireworks users:

•Fireworks can only be used on the user’s property, the property of someone who granted permission for fireworks to be discharged or a place designated by the Indiana State Fire Marshal for the discharge of consumer fireworks.

•Fireworks can only be discharged between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. any day except on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and New Year’s Eve where the times are 9 a.m. to midnight.

Source: Indiana State Police

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