The fireworks season is in full swing. Last night on my way home from the Oregon coast, I stopped in at the big Blackjack stand just north of Vancouver. I had seen the sign on the side of the highway for years, and I was curious what the big deal was.
The place was hopping. Dozens of cars were parked in fields around the store, which sold hundreds of explosives including the mortars and Roman Candles that are illegal around here. I’ve never seen anything like it. The store – about the size of a 7-Eleven – was packed with shoppers filling shopping carts with sparklers, smoke bombs and fountains. A quick survey of shoppers in line found that most people who were there were spending between $75 and $100, with some spending a lot more.
I wanted to take a picture to post but the employees wouldn’t allow cellphones or any type of electronics in the building.
Fireworks stands are up around here. Let me know if you have a favorite place to shop for your Fourth of July show.