Many people like to celebrate the Fourth of July by shooting off fireworks and dealers in Missouri say this year, their sales are up 10 to 15 percent.  That's good news for the state's economy.

Despite a down economy and Missouri River flooding, fireworks dealers say business is booming.  Although people aren't spending as much as they did five or six years ago, the spending cutbacks of the last two years appear to be over.

Dishonest Don's Fireworks owner Kurt Eckard says he's noticed customers looking for value, preferring to buy ten fireworks at $10 apiece rather than one $100 boomer.

"It appears that they've been staying home so long they decided this year, let's save the money up, go in, let's get something, at least have some fun," Eckard said. "I'm seeing a lot more cash transactions than I'm seeing credit card. A couple of years before it was mainly credit cards."

The Missouri River shutdown of Interstate 29 near the state line was predicted to prevent buyers from Iowa and Nebraska from coming to Missouri for fireworks.  Nebraska fireworks dealers expect their sales to soar as a result.

But customers are finding ways to get to Riverside, saying Missouri offers the widest selection for those seeking a spectacular sky show.

Eckard says state sales tax revenue from each of his stands averages between $3,500 to $4,000.

Cities also get their piece of the fireworks action, licensing dealers at a rate ten to twelve times higher than other businesses.

We've had a couple of years of cutbacks in fireworks celebrations and people say despite uncertainty about the future, they're ready to celebrate again.