FORT WAYNE Ind. (WFFT) - Fireworks signs line the streets of Fort Wayne more frequently than the last three months.
Pyromaniacs Fireworks owner Gary Graham notes store owners questioned when they were going to be able to reopen because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he kept his faith.
"I happened to look at it the opposite way. I actually thought it [sales] was going to be on the other side of things and it's actually been trending just like I thought," said Graham.
Graham thought correctly, as fireworks sales have increased for local retail stores as the state nears the end of Governor Eric Holcomb's Back On Track Indiana plan, and his Back on Track plan is projected to begin on July 4.
"A lot of stores are selling out of inventory already so there seems to be a need for the consumer backyard fireworks," said Brian Hollister, owner of Hollister Pyrotechnics.
But Hollister says backyard fireworks need extra attention come the Fourth of July.
"It takes a bit of common sense when using fireworks," said Hollister.
He urges people to shoot fireworks with a distance of 200 ft. or more distance between the fireworks and any structures, people, crowds, or any other objects.
Dori Miller of Funner Fireworks suggests the same.
"We make sure that all of our customers know to respect fireworks. They're so much fun, but they're extremely dangerous if misused," said Miller.
Miller noticed an increase of customers since the pandemic's onset, especially purchasing kid items since parents haven't found many options for their children after school was released early because of the coronavirus.
"I think people are bored and ready to get out and do something fun with their family," said Miller.