SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - As we count down to the new year, many are buying fireworks. In fact, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spend more than one billion dollars on fireworks each year.
Employees at Phantom Fireworks on Savannah’s southside say it comes as no surprise when customers spend thousands of dollars on their backyard fireworks shows.
Sale after sale, Phantom Fireworks was filled with people spending big bucks for their New Year’s Eve celebrations.
On Monday, one customer topped out with a $705 purchase, getting close to the $800 purchase that’s currently taking the lead. Store Manager, Najee Williams says there’s something for everyone.
“We have people who will solely come just for the noise makers, you know? We just want to wake the neighbors! Then we have people that do the colorfuls, the crackles and the sparkles, things like that.”
One customer, says this is his second time putting on a firework show and the type of firework makes a big difference.
“Last time we bought was for the fourth of July, we bought some of the smaller ones, 30 shots. They’re a little bit cheaper and they have more pop to it, so we like those," said Samuel Rodriguez.
But for some, the bigger the better.
“Some of our main ticket items will be any one of our mortar kits. From Continuums, Diablos and Lock and Loads," said Williams.
These shooting more than 100 feet into the air. But at the end of the day safety trumps even the most impressive firework of them all.
“We know around the holidays people will indulge in drinking and things like that, but we want to be as transparent as far as how we go about promoting our safety,” said Williams.
After each purchase this pamphlet leaves in the customer’s hands: