Firework shortage affecting businesses in Central Illinois
PEORIA (HOI) — The biggest event for fireworks is weeks away and business owners said the rush to get them, was on. They said when people are able to find them, they also might shocked with some prices.
“We just have to increase the price of our fireworks,” said Owner of C-N-C Fireworks, James Slater.
Slater has been in the firework business for over 20 years. He said the issues his business and others have had were delayed shipments, limited supply and a shortage of shipping containers.
Slater said this all lead to about a 30% increase in prices.
“Usually all the fireworks come in February or March, well they’re not coming because everything is getting held up,” said Slater.
He said he was fortunate to buy his supply early, but it was not easy to get the amount he has.
“I had to call in a lot of favors to get what I got now,” said Slater.
Owner of Boomtastic Fireworks Inc., Anthony Shade, said his shop in Hanna City was not able to find some of their best selling products.
“I don’t think we’re going to make it very far into the season. I think we’re going to make it a lot less into the season than we normally do,” said Shade.
He said they were still waiting on a shipment of fireworks that should have arrived last week.
“It’s a little frustrating, it’d be nice to have it and have everything set up and be ready to go,” said Shade.
Both said suppliers have already told them that orders for next year need to be in by the end of July.
The owners said they were hoping supply would be back to normal by next year.