Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Many Vendors Say Season a Dud.(Final)

Byline: Journal Staff Report

Fun on the Fourth

FIRE-FREE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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Some tents forced to close as landowners crack down on those selling firecrackers

For many local vendors, fireworks sales are fizzling instead of sizzling this Fourth of July.

Last week's bosque fires, the continuing drought and local officials' pleas not to use fireworks this year are obviously having an effect.

Many vendors have closed. While a few of those still open say their business is picking up, most say sales have been down.

"I wasn't even close to selling out and I just have to pack up," said Brett Jones, a West Mesa High school teacher who has sold fireworks for the past five Fourth of July holidays at Wyoming and San Antonio.

Jones' tent was in the parking lot of Albertsons, which along with Raley's and Smith's grocery stores have told fireworks sellers to move on. …

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