CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — While some people might want to end the year with a bang, there are a few things to keep in mind when lighting fireworks.
Operators of Mr. W’s Weber Super Stand in Corpus Christi, Jacob Gonzalez and Abbygail Gonzalez, are reminding people to handle fireworks properly. They advise people to place the firework on a platform and wet the grass or concrete the fireworks will rest on before lighting it. They give each customer a “punk” which is a long stick that allows people to light fireworks from a longer distance than a match or a lighter.
“And what you do when you light it, it stays lit…and you put it to where the firework’s at a distance to where you don’t have to worry about burning yourself,” Jacob Gonzalez said.
They are also reminding customers to have a bucket or wet towel around to put out a fire in case the firework gets out of control. They also remind minors to have a parent or guardian nearby when they light fireworks.
“If the parent allows the child to light the firework... know they don’t point towards a tree or towards the neighbor’s house or the roof,” Jacob Gonzalez said.
Even though the city of Corpus Christi will be hosting a fireworks show on New Year’s Eve, the Gonzalez's firework business allows them to connect with the community.
“It’s mainly just having the passion to be able to cater and meet the requirements of what the customer wants,” Jacob Gonzalez said.