Shipping challenges leading to widespread fireworks shortages | WJHL
JOHNSON CITY, Tennessee (WJHL) – To add to the long list of COVID-19-related shortages, consumers can expect difficulty finding fireworks this summer.
According to local store owners, fireworks haven’t been any rarer in years. The greatest shortage is in matching packaging, where supply problems are worsening. When a package is missing an individual component, companies are forced to wait or ship incomplete packages.
Even when the package is ready, however, shipping delays cause even more difficulty, according to Benny Lyons, deputy chief of the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Lyons said a large majority of the supplies originated in China and then went to buyers from distributors based in the United States. Once inside the United States, shipping encountered few problems. It’s getting them across the ocean that seems to be the stumbling block.
The Stoney Creek VFD is having a fireworks sale to raise funds for the year and plans to open on June 20. While they expect sales to be high due to the cancellation of local shows, he also said what they have now is all that is going to be available for the season.
“Compared to what we ordered the year before, it cost us around $ 7,000,” Lyons said. “The vendor that we used last year, we only got half of the product from these people. I ended up going with another provider.
Other regional fireworks stores are facing the same issue, with Shoot ‘Em Up Fireworks and Granny’s Fireworks confirming similar supply bottlenecks.
“Buy them when you see them,” said Robin Horner, owner of Granny’s Fireworks.
Lyons said the inventory they have now is all they’ll end up getting for the season, which ends July 5.