Fireworks envy?: Go to Boom City

TULAIP – Many Marysville residents who had fireworks envy because of the ban went to Boom City on the Tulalip reservation.

Sales neither exploded or fizzled on the reservation because of the ban. Just like the fireworks themselves, it was a mixed bag.

Eddy Pablo said his sales did well, but his family’s been in the business for a long time. His grandma, Leota, started the tradition years ago, selling fireworks out of her car trunk. His uncles joined in, and Boom City took off.

Pablo said his dad, Eddy Sr., sold fireworks for up to 40 years until he died a year ago July 1. A memorial fireworks show took place July 3 at the fireworks shooting area just north of the Boom City stands.

That was the only place in Marysville where it was legal to shoot off fireworks. A novelty fireworks lighting area for kids stuff is set aside, along with other huge areas for adults. Seven fireworks lighting attendants monitored the area, and if anyone was unsafe, they were asked to leave.

Pablo credits good sales to the fact that churches can no longer sell fireworks in Marysville as fundraisers.

“Those church parking lot stands created pyros” who need to shoot off fireworks, he said with a grin.

Matt Tait has worked at Boom City 17 years, three as owner of his own stand. Sales have improved each year.

“Many repeat customers aren’t from the Marysville area,” he said, adding they come from all over. He doesn’t think the ban will work in Marysville. “Really, people love their fireworks,” he said. He added that Marysville people are still buying, just saying they will set them off somewhere in the county, or at Boom City.

People all over town have been hearing fireworks going off at Boom City for a few weeks. Owners often set off fireworks side by side to get product knowledge. Others are customers who can’t wait to get home.

There were fewer stands at Boom City this year, but fireworks were still shot off past 2 a.m. on July 5.

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