Every year just before Fourth of July, fireworks businesses sprout up just outside the city limits of Louisiana, providing a brief period of employment and commerce for the area.
This year is no different for the legal sale season that runs from June 20 through July 10.
It is illegal to sell or shoot off fireworks in Louisiana, hence the locations. They cater to the needs of locals, travelers and the all-important Illinois clientele, which can’t legally purchase fireworks in the land of Lincoln.
On the south end of town on Hwy. 79, Jumpin’ Jack’s Fireworks Stand sets up a tent every year. David and Viki Cadwallader of Louisiana own it.
David Cadwallader has been selling fireworks on and off since he was a teenager, either by himself or for someone else.
“It’s a hobby,” Cadwallader said Monday, July 1. “I even collect fireworks from 30 and 40 years ago. Fourth of July was a big thing at our house growing up,” and fireworks were a large part of it.
For the full story, see the July 3 edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.