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Boom in business for firework stands after days of rain

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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

A boom in business Wednesday for one Summerville fireworks stand after days of rain and news that Thursday's fireworks were canceled.

After a sluggish week, the fireworks stand in front of the Wal-Mart on Dorchester Road, saw its first wave of customers Wednesday.

"It has been very busy," says stand owner Ethan King. "We started out with two or three people in the morning, and as you can see we're running six, seven people full staffed."

The stand opened last Thursday, but the owners say days of rain hit them hard.

"The rain has certainly slowed down our business, but it hasn't stopped it," says King. "Business has been rampant all day long today, and we're certainly ready for the wave of people tomorrow."

They expect to do 80 percent of their total business Thursday. Ladson residents Melissa and Jonathan Fret say their plans for the fourth are up in the air.

"I don't know what they are now, but they were to go and watch the fireworks in Summerville, but now we're going to have to figure out what we're going to do," says Melissa Fret. "So, we came to buy fireworks."

"I was really looking forward to it, especially me being from New York City," says Jonathan Fret. "Every year we would see the fireworks display."

While fireworks are still happening around the Lowcountry, she says they don't want to be on the roads too long tomorrow.

"We were upset and came here because we don't want to fight the traffic to go to the beaches to watch the fireworks."

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