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BUTNER — Most Fourth of July activities are canceled, but people are still looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day in grand fashion.

Many are going to pop-up firework tents to prepare for the big event.

The pop-up tent beside Bojangles’ in Butner is seeing steady business, according to W. Carpenter, who was manning the tent for his family this week.

“It seems like it is a little older crowd coming in and buying fireworks this year,” he said. “I have seen some of the regulars that stop in to buy fireworks and there are some that have been here three or four times since we set up last week.”

Carpenter said they have all types of fireworks from those that light up the sky with a big bang to multicolored displays that thrill kids.

The tent has almost sold out of larger firework packages, Carpenter said, but there are still plenty to make the neighbors jealous.

“We carry the top brands and a lot of the fireworks that you can not get at a box store,” he said. “A lot of the packages look the same, but you need to really look to see what is in the party packs. We have some party packs that will last an hour or longer.”

But as consumer firework sales are on the rise, safety experts are renewing their annual warning that pyrotechnics should be left to professionals.

“Many people think backyard fireworks are fun and that something dangerous will never happen. But that’s not the case,” said State Fire Marshal Mike Causey in a statement Monday. “Fireworks are illegal because they’re dangerous and very unpredictable. That’s why fireworks should only be used by licensed, trained professionals.”

Carpenter said his family has been selling fireworks in the area for eight years and he knows a lot of the people that are coming in to shop.

“We are going to try to give you the best description of each firework, so you can make the best choice and bang for your buck,” he said. “We have the fireworks that will irritate your neighbors. We have one that sounds like a bunch of monkeys sitting in a tree chattering at you. We have the ones that are all bright and colorful,” he said.

Carpenter said they have tents in Durham and Hillsborough. The Butner location will be open until July 5.

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