Hamilton fireworks sales fizzle
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Fireworks sales in Hamilton went off with a bang on Saturday, but fizzled a bit yesterday.
Temporary retail outlets have popped up around the city to cater for a four-day buying frenzy, with shoppers flocking in droves to pick up boxes of colourful explosives bearing names like White Spider, Swarm of Bees and Angry Moa.
Car parks and footpaths around Hamilton have been overtaken by trailers and canvas gazebos laden with party packs, boom boxes and sparklers.
Hamilton East operator Tom Dempsey said business on the first day of sales was good but flattened off on day two, although he hoped to see an improvement today and tomorrow, the final day of sales.
"We probably did close to $2000 turnover yesterday and today I've made one sale for 20 bucks. It's a lot of graft."
The Ballistic Rampage was his best selling firework and the "loudest in town", he said, but there was a huge range to cater for all tastes.
Meanblast Fireworks retailer Corina Campbell stocks a maximum of 1000 kilograms of fireworks onsite and said the mixed packs were good fun and value for money.
She is from Auckland but is in Hamilton to offload as many fireworks as she can before the Tuesday deadline.
On Saturday night, more than 5000 people travelled from across the region to a fireworks display in Morrinsville to see $12,000 worth of pyrotechnics go up in smoke. Morrinsville promotions manager Cathy Balvert said it was the biggest crowd in the eight-year history.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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