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Fireworks stands ready for New Year’s

TNT Fireworks located in the Wal-Mart parking lot opened for business Tuesday so customers can purchase fireworks for New Year's.

An assortment of fireworks covers the walls as the smell of black powder hangs in the air at the local firework stands in Clanton.

Tuesday was the grand opening for TNT Fireworks located in the Walmart parking lot and they are expecting to see plenty of customers as the New Year rolls in.

“Today was our first day open, and we’ve had about 30 customers already,” said Ken Burdett, who has helped operate the firework hub for 12 years. “We have a lot of markdowns, buy one get one free, special assortments and stuff for big finales, so I’m sure we will be swamped toward the end of the week, the closer it gets to New Year’s Eve.”

Between TNT Fireworks and Insane McCain’s Fireworks on 31, the bottle rockets and novelties are the best sellers.

“The festival balls and the America’s Best Bottle Rockets are our top sellers,” said Burdett. “Every year our sales always improve overall.”

Burdett is helping operate the TNT Fireworks stand as a fundraiser to help raise money to put water wells in Africa.