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Central Texas firework shortage may put a damper on 4th of July celebrations

Independence Day is right around the corner, and you might want to stock up on fireworks sooner rather than later, lest you encounter low stock and higher prices.

Fireworks are in short supply, according to several reports across Texas that state the fireworks industry is seeing a 30% dip due to supply chain issues.

With 165 fireworks stands and 13 box stores across Central Texas, Austin's American Fireworks owner Chester Davis said there's a "tremendous shortage" of product due to COVID-19, which forced Chinese factories to slow production.

Davis orders fireworks a year in advance and said he's still waiting on shipments from a year ago—he said even sparklers are hard to keep on the shelves.

The shortage means that prices are likely to be higher this year. Davis said since transportation costs have tripled, some items may have markups as high as 15% or 20%, though some items are the same price as the year before.

Davis recommends getting to the stands to get your colorful explosives early this year if you want to have any type of spectacular celebration. Fireworks sales started Thursday and while stands are stocked for now, that may not be the case come the Fourth of July.


Pickleball gold rush links LeBron with Austin and a network of local investors like Brené Brown

King James

It's not on the level of LeBron signing with the Spurs, but who knows, maybe you'll see him at Guero's one day, having a Rob's Especial marg and a No. 1 dinner?

LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, LeBron's business partner Maverick Carter, and a bunch of other sports-related investors are buying a Major League Pickleball expansion franchise.

Oddly, MLP teams aren't associated with places, so at this point it's just "an expansion team."

But Major League Pickelball is based in Austin, created, according to the Austin Business Journal, by Dreamland and Richard's Rainwater owner Steve Kuhn.

League investors include familiar Austin names like C3 Presents founders Charles Attal and Charlie Walker, Parsley Energy founder and partial Austin FC owner Brian Sheffield, Silicon Labs Chairman Nav Sooch, and pickleball enthusiast Brené Brown.

Fall camping: Camp Fimfo Waco offers one-of-a-kind experiences in the heart of Texas
Camp Fimfo Waco

Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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