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Local firework business steady two years after Elkview flood

Local business owner Jim Walls said he and his wife are in their third year selling fireworks in the area. They tell Eyewitness News business has been steady with families purchasing everything they need for a Fourth of July celebration. (WCHS/WVAH)

You name it, Jim's Backyard Fireworks has it. Local business owner Jim Walls said he and his wife are in their third year selling fireworks in the area. They tell Eyewitness News business has been steady with families purchasing everything they need for a Fourth of July celebration.

"If there is something you are looking for we have it here," Jim Walls said.

This is their first year setting up a temporary fireworks tent at the Elkview Crossing Mall. Two years after the crossings closed due to the 2016 flood, Walls said he is happy to set up shop and help the area thrive again.

"It definitely helps to have this area up and running again. I would like to see it get back to where it used to be and have all of these stores full again."

As the holiday week approaches fire officials want everyone to celebrate safely. Keep children away from explosives and follow all instructions for firework safety.

"Make sure you use these devices the way they are supposed to be used," WV State Fire Marshal Ken Tyree said. "Don't try to make your own gadgets or mechanisms."

Fire officials also recommend having a bucket of water nearby in case you need to extinguish a fire. If you see anyone being irresponsible with explosives call 9-1-1.

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