Almost everyone enjoys a professional fireworks show, but some people like the "do-it-yourself" approach, and because most fireworks are illegal here in Florida, many folks are making a run for the border.
There are some things you just can't buy in Florida. At JR's Fireworks just north of the Alabama-Florida border, it's not unusual to see lots of Floridians when it gets close to the Fourth of July.
Jeanna Langley, a Panama City resident, says, "180s, grenades, things like that, you can't find bottle rockets and things like that in Florida.”
That's because in Florida law you need a special license to shoot off fireworks. In fact, in Florida you can't buy anything that flies into the air or explodes, but these guys from Tallahassee want to get more bang for their bucks.
John Smith, a Tallahassee resident, says, "It's not too good of stuff unless you want sparklers or anything, so we come up here for the artillery shells, bottle rockets. You know, stuff that blows up."
For others it's the variety that makes it worth the trip from Florida.
Gary Williams, a Florida resident, says, "They have little pop-pop crackle stuff and that's it. Down here you get a variety of fireworks. You get a variety of big bombs and little bombs. You have the same thing Florida has and a bigger variety, so five years straight I drive down here every year just to get some fireworks.”
Store clerks here say it's not just Floridians who stock up on the "heavy artillery." You're just as likely to find people from Tennessee and Georgia who want to make some noise on the Fourth of Holy.
Here are some safety tips:
- Always follow instructions.
- Always use under adult supervision.
- Keep away from small children.