Fireworks shortage affecting local business before 4th of July

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — Fireworks stands are popping up all over Green Country as they prepare for the 4th of July, but you may notice there are fewer than normal.

“What we’re seeing this year is unprecedented,” said Melissa Torkleson, managing partner at Big Blast Fireworks. “We have not experienced this shortage to this magnitude ever.”

Torkleson said in their 35 years of business, she’s never seen anything like this.

She said China produced fewer fireworks this year. Combine that with shipping delays and she, along with much of the country, is experiencing a fireworks shortage.

“I’m 40 percent below what I sold last year at my Glenpool building,” Torkleson said. “And here in Sand Springs, I’m 25 percent below what I sold. So, we do have a little inventory that’s coming this weekend. And we’re optimistic that we’ll at least be able to close those gaps.”

Because there are so few fireworks, Big Blast is only opening six of its 13 tents and…

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