Granby fireworks stand a popular tradition for families
July 3, 2008
Kim Bodemann of Kremmling used to go to Gene’s Fireworks stand with her parents, and now she visits the stand with her own children.
Bodemann, 38, brought her 9-year-old daughter, Peyton, to the stand in Granby to pick out fireworks on Wednesday.
“I’ve been coming here since I was young with my parents,” she said. “They’d always bring my brother and I here.”
Kim Bodemann’s favorite fireworks are “the big ones.” When her family stays in town on the Fourth of July, they like to watch the fireworks show on the cliffs, she said.
So far, Gene Covey, 61, of Granby said the sales are pretty good. He has been selling fireworks at “Gene’s Fireworks” stand for 24 years.
He likes all of the fireworks.
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“That’s why I do it,” Covey said. “There’s a little kid in all of us. I’m going to grow old, but I’m never going to grow up.”
Some of the firecrackers people can pick up include: Morning Glory Sparklers, Killer Bees, Tasmanian Devil, Whistle Chaser, Super Jumping Jacks, Dancing Butterfly, Cuckoo, Crackling Candlelight, Starlight, Snappers, Color Changing Wheel, Tanks, Glow Worms, Route 66, Pop Goes the Fountain, Ground Bloom Flowers, Flashing Signal, Party Poppers, Star Ball, Nuclear Reactor, Booby Traps, as well as party pac fireworks and assortments.
Snappers and Sparklers are two of the kids favorites. Older children enjoy the Killer Bees and Tasmanian Devils, Covey said.
“I think a lot of it is creative packaging ” the names kind of catch people’s eye,” he said. “I like all of them … Fireworks are legal year round in Colorado.”
Covey usually sets up his stand the third week of June and stays open through the Fourth of July. Sales are the busiest the weekend before the holiday, he said.
Watching the children pick out fireworks is his favorite part of the job. Children who used to visit the stand when they were young now come with their own families, he said.
Grand County Sheriff Rodney Johnson said all the fireworks sold at Colorado stands are legal. However, some sold in Wyoming are not, he said.
“I don’t believe any fireworks are allowed to be shot in the national forest,” he said. “Anything that leaves the ground is illegal.”
Johnson said fireworks can be “fairly dangerous” when people try to hold and light them at the same time.
“That’s usually when we see injury,” he said. “Even though they’re just a sparkler … they really burn at a high temperature ” the most common injury is burns.”