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For a DIY fireworks display -- outside Ohio

Andy Ouriel • Jul 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM


People can buy fireworks without bursting their bank accounts or torching through stacks of cash.

Just look to Sandusky Fireworks SuperStore, the area’s premier fireworks dealer selling 500-plus combustible, colorful chemicals creating dazzling displays.

From experienced pyromaniacs to casual fire lovers, the store caters to a wide range of clientele even on the tightest of budgets.

Late Wednesday afternoon, for instance, dozens of customers crowded aisles, stocking their carts with fiery explosives for a fun yet economical Fourth of July spectacle.

“People just associate fireworks with America,” said PT Barnum, the store’s general manager. “In our national anthem, the lyrics ‘rockets red glare’ and ‘bombs bursting in air,’ people associate that with fireworks right away.”

On a budget of $100, Barnum showed the Register five different firework products he recommend people can buy at the store high in quality yet low in price:

1. Blue Streak Rockets

• Price: $11.99, six pieces in one package.

• Duration: 2 seconds

• Description: The rockets break down into blue stars and finish off with a silver fish-like squiggly effect.

2. PlutoNick

• Price: $7.99

• Duration: 30 seconds

• Description: The repeater whistles before exploding loudly into the night sky.

3. Land of the Free

• Price: $24

• Duration: 38 seconds

• Description: The repeater makes a popping sound before red, white and blue stars illuminate at the explosive’s peak.

4. Packin’ Purple

• Price: $14.99

• Duration: 80 seconds

• Description: The fountain firework will stay on the ground and emit showers of sparks.

5. Festival Balls

• Price: $29.99 for six-pack coming in a variety of colors.

• Duration: instantly

• Description: The “artillery shells” go up into the sky, providing an aerial display of fireworks.

Don’t get busted blasting fireworks in Ohio

Ohio law prohibits people from setting off fireworks without a legal permit. People convicted of illegally discharging fireworks could face penalties as stiff as a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

Each person buying products at Sandusky Fireworks SuperStore must sign a legally binding document agreeing they won’t ignite the firework within Ohio.

Want to go?

• WHAT: Sandusky Fireworks SuperStore, northern Ohio’s only Black Cat, Brothers Pyrotechnics, World Class Fireworks dealer.

• WHEN: The store opens at 9 a.m. today and is open every single second up until 11:59 p.m. Friday.

• WHERE: 5903 Milan Road (U.S. 250) near the Ohio 2 on-ramp.

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