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A number of Utah fireworks vendors have expressed concern over whether they will have what they need in time for July 4.
It was a huge vacation in 2020. You probably remember the skies lighting up all over Utah.
Seller Matt Shadle said, “Last year was a banner year for fireworks, in terms of the number of them released in retail. “
He runs a Black Cat fireworks booth in Sandy. He said those big sales, coupled with a manufacturing backlog due to the pandemic, have started to cause problems.
“I was on pins and needles, until here a month ago,” he said.
He said it looks like he’ll have what he needs in time for the fourth, but not everyone is so lucky.
“I have no idea when he’ll get here,” said Douglas Gordon, owner of Utah Grand Finale Fireworks.
He said his shipping container, which will also serve as a showcase, was stuck in the Wuhan area.
“The factories are about 1,200 miles from Shanghai,” he explained. Once the container leaves China, it will be stuck at another delay in California.
“They’re backed up in Los Angeles on unloading, so I’m not sure how soon it’ll get here. Maybe it will arrive before July 4th, maybe by July 24th. I don’t know, “Gordon added.
This has caused a lot of uncertainty for a business that relies on our July vacation.
“I’m out of stock this year, so I have a very small number of choices. So I really need my fireworks this year to be able to repay my loan, ”he said.
Some salespeople said they would be fine, so they’re not all in the same boat.
Added Shadle consumers may experience a much smaller supply, which will result in higher demand and higher prices.