Keep a cautious eye on flying fireworks

Stacy Mouzon busy on Friday opening a stand on College Park Road. He has been selling fireworks for the past three years.

It’s that time of year again to celebrate American independence, which includes boat trips, beach trips, barbecues and of course fireworks. Recent rain deficits are beginning to creep back to normal but some dry conditions still remain in the area. Data from the National Weather Service shows most of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties as being abnormally dry, so beware of where you light that fuse.

Firework stands dot roadsides and intersections giving easy access to those looking for a firework fix, and the sky is the limit.

Stacy Mouzon just opened a stand on Friday on College Park Road. “We try to get rid of the entire stock; everything on the shelf, pretty much, has to go,” he said.

Mouzon has been selling fireworks to the Independence Day crowds for the past three years and they are willing to pay-up for the pyrotechnics.

“I’ve seen someone spend $1,000 right here at this stand,” Mouzon said. “On average someone coming in with the kids, they average about $100.”

With all those fireworks out there are a few revelers who will throw caution to wind and create a dangerous situation and fires are a big concern.

“There are so many potential dangers and we want to make sure people are safe,” said Lt. Colt Roy from the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department. “Just remember that it has been very dry even though we’ve had a little bit of rain, especially things like flower beds with the pine straw that can be a very real danger.”

Rural Departments have increased concerns because of the dense forest large pieces of land will easily ignite.

“All the leaves, twigs, sticks, twigs, pine needles, that all falls to the bottom and that is a huge, huge concern for us,” Roy said. “It doesn’t take much to light that off and have really big fire that gets out of hand really fast.”