SUISUN CITY — The window of opportunity for fireworks purchases started Saturday in Suisun City as a trio of local organizations opened shop for customers looking to celebrate the Fourth of July with a bang.
Adult volunteers with the Nor Cal Devil Dawgs welcomed patrons to their booth at Highway 12 and Marina Boulevard in 90-degree weather, Sunday. The traveling baseball club was among three organizations that won a public lottery in February to sell Safe and Sane fireworks through July 4.
“(We’re) excited for the opportunity to raise funds for the youth – for the kids who play the sports,” said Steve Clemente, founder of the club.
The city also authorized the Macedonia Church of God in Christ and Alooma Temple No. 212 to sell TNT Fireworks at the Heritage Park Shopping Center and the Sunset Shopping Center, respectively.
“It’s well-needed, and it’s a good thing,” said the Rev. Ken Martin, of Macedonia Church of God in Christ.
The Pentacostal church plans to use its proceeds to help pay for its new building located at 425 Walters Road.
“(We’re) looking to finish the construction of the church,” Martin said.
Sparklers, the “Morning Glory” and the “49er,” were steadily selling when the Devil Dawgs crew opened shop at noon Saturday, Clemente said.
“Piccolo Petes are hot,” said Clemente of the smaller firework that whistles when ignited. And the “Big Deluxe” box set was close to selling out, he said.
The Safe and Sane fireworks, with displays that don’t exceed 6 feet, may be used within city limits from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through July 6, according to the Suisun City website.
Proceeds raised by the organizations are shared with the city, which approved the annual fireworks sales in 2012 to fund its Fourth of July fireworks display and other community events. The groups all signed contracts to sell the TNT brand.
The Nor Cal Devil Dawgs plans to use its profits to fund baseball and softball tournaments and buy equipment such as balls and uniforms. The club also hopes the sales will offset the cost of its new indoor facility on Horizon Drive in Fairfield, Clemente said.
“The bottom line is to see what (the sale of) fireworks raises as to what we can do,” he said.
Fireworks booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
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