INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - After the drought and subsequent burn ban wiped out fireworks sales in 2012, retailers say this year's sales are making up the difference.
That's good news for the bottom line and for summer jobs.
Retailer USA Fireworks alone has 90 shops in Indiana. Owner Tim Lee says he employs more than 150 folks for part-time summer jobs, most of whom are college students or teachers off for the summer.
Last year, none of those folks were needed; now they're back on track.
"It's been incredible, there's definitely a pent up demand from last year," Lee said of 2013 sales. "People are excited about fireworks this season, and it's almost similar to the 2006 year when fireworks became legal."
Hours for lighting fireworks vary county by county.
Marion County hours:
- June 29-July 9
- 5 p.m. - 2 hours after dark
- July 4
- 10 a.m. - midnight
Small items, like fountains and sparklers, are allowed year-round.
Folks must be 18-years-old to buy or light fireworks in Indiana.
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