LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Many local families were getting ready for their Fourth of July celebrations by buying fireworks.
Phantom Fireworks had several booths around the Las Vegas valley, with many saying their merchandise was going quickly.
Venus Edwards and her mom, Victoria, arrived at one of the booths Saturday afternoon. Venus Edwards, 6, could not hide her excitement as soon as she saw all the available fireworks.
"I like that they pop and they look fun in the sky," she said, after her mom bought her some.
While Victoria Ganzallo is trying to have a typical Fourth of July celebration, she says that it won't be the same.
"It was so scary at first. We didn't know what to do, but we thought we could do something outside the house with the kids. We still practice social distancing, and we're going to the pool. We're going to do some grilling, and we're going to do our fireworks," Ganzallo said.
For other customers, like Veronica Mariscal, the feeling is mutual.
"This year is definitely weird, but we're trying to make the best of it and trying to make it normal, even for the kids, because they don't know much about what is going on, but it's different than other years," Mariscal said.
For fireworks vendor Jeffrey Lacoff and his team, sales kept rising - a trend he noticed around town.
"We probably do like 80 to 90 percent of our weekly sales on the Fourth of July but this year we probably did 80 percent the day before. So, it just keeps getting higher. Also, there are fewer booths this year - probably due to COVID-19 - and that's adding to it as well," Lacoff said.
He also said that the fireworks packages were the best sellers because they offered the best value for the money and included different types of fireworks.
Fire officials remind everyone to use caution with fireworks and that only those labeled "safe and sane" are allowed from June 28 through July 4.