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Fourth sales boom at Casey’s Fireworks


Owner John Casey of Casey’s Fireworks shows some of the many types of fireworks available at his Rosewood location. Casey explained these were the type of fireworks with the large explosions seen in a typical fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Owner John Casey of Casey’s Fireworks shows some of the many types of fireworks available at his Rosewood location. Casey explained these were the type of fireworks with the large explosions seen in a typical fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

Thanks to the pandemic and social distancing, this year’s Fourth of July celebration was a bit subdued. Because local officials wanted the public to maintain proper social distancing guidelines, massive displays of fireworks where crowds usually gather to celebrate the Fourth, were canceled. But if you looked up in the Columbia sky on the Fourth of July, you probably saw and heard lots of celebrating.

People wanted to have a celebration regardless of the pandemic and according to John Casey, fourth generation owner of Casey’s Fireworks on Rosewood Drive, “Our sales this year were the best we’ve had in a very long time. The shelves were empty, especially the big exploding items. We were packed with people as early as July 1 and 2.”

So I guess you’d say fireworks sales really, “blew up” this year. Sorry, I had to get in a dad joke on that bit of information.

But seriously, Casey’s Fireworks on Rosewood has been a mainstay for fireworks in the Columbia area for over 70 years. As Casey explained, “My grandfather even took a case to the S.C. supreme court about the sale of fireworks in South Carolina and won. Without him and the case, we might not have been able to sell them in South Carolina and maybe other places as well.”

The iconic Casey’s Fireworks sign on Rosewood Drive. The store has been at this location for more than 70 years.

The iconic Casey’s Fireworks sign on Rosewood Drive. The store has been at this location for more than 70 years.

Casey’s Fireworks store is not the typical fireworks stand that pop sup around the Fourth of July and New Year’s eve.

“We’ve designed the store to make it as easy as possible for our customers to find what they’re looking for,” said Casey about the location on Rosewood Drive. “The floors are color-coded, with different colors representing the many different types of fireworks we offer. When you walk in the store, you immediately notice the colors that define the type of fireworks you can buy. This makes it very easy for someone with their children to find the safest and child-friendly or even pet-friendly fireworks. Or a customer can go straight to the area where they can find fireworks where the explosion will be bigger and would require adult supervision. Safety is our number one priority for our customers.”

Casey’s Fireworks store is open all year and not just for holidays.

Casey added, “We’ve been here providing fireworks for 70 years, and we have many loyal customers who come back year after year. This year, because of the pandemic, we had many, many new customers come in and buy fireworks. They wanted to celebrate with their friends, neighborhoods, and families. They bought everything we had.”

The coronavirus has changed many “normal” activities in our lives, but for many people here in the Midlands, the pandemic couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm for celebrating our nation’s birthday. For John Casey and Casey’s Fireworks, the “new normal” proved to be very positive for his business.

As he said, “We hope this pandemic goes away soon, but we also hope people remember their great experience here at Casey’s and come back to see us again and again.”

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