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Successful season for local firework standSubmitted: 07/05/2015
RHINELANDER - Fourth of July and fireworks go hand in hand.

It's been a while since Independence Day fell on a Saturday.


This made for a busy weekend for firework stands.

"The last few years, we had the weekends. The fourth was in the middle of the week so we basically had two weekends for everyone to come in," explained Jim Hext owner of By Request Fireworks. "Where this year it was basically on the weekend. So they all came in at one time on the fourth, the third and fourth. It was real busy the last couple of days."

This is the7th season since Hext started selling fireworks.

It was a very successful season.

"We did excellent this year again," said Hext. "We met our goals and kind of exceed it a little bit."
Hext will keep the stand open until July 7th. The stand is located just south of the intersection of HWY K and 47.

Fireworks can also be purchased year round online.


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By Request Fireworks


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