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Fireworks stands open for Independence Day

Victoria Hernandez and David Alatorre shop for fireworks for the kids, on Monday, at the Our Lady of Lourdes School’s booth on Bridge Street, in Colusa. (Susan Meeker)

Fireworks on the July 4 is as American as apple pie, and with big aerial displays canceled this year because of COVID-19, local fireworks stands are hoping for blowout sales.

“It’s been pretty steady,” said Cristina Mata, who volunteers at the Our Lady of Lourdes School’s fireworks booth in front of Round Table Pizza, in Colusa.

The booths, which are run by nonprofit organizations and schools, are big fundraisers.

Money raised from the OLL booth will help subsidize students to attend the private Catholic School, which is gearing up for the 2020-2021 school year to start on Aug. 11.

“We are on schedule as long as the governor let us open,” said Terri Swiggum, whose grandson will be in eighth grade.

Fireworks booths throughout Colusa County sell only Safe and Sane fireworks, offered by Phantom or TNT, which are approved by the State Fire Marshal.

The booths were allowed to open this year despite COVID-19, and are operating under guidelines provided by state health officials.

People shopping for fireworks should not shop at any fireworks stand if they are feeling sick. Those who do shop at the stands should keep a distance of six feet from other customers.

FIREWORK BOOTH LOCATIONS

Arbuckle:

Kitty-corner from the Arbuckle Post Office on 5th Street between Amanda St. and King St. The booth is hosted by the Arbuckle Methodist Church.

Colusa:

■ Located in the shopping center on Bridge Street. This location is hosted by the Our Lady of Lourdes School.

■ Located at the corner of 10th and Market Sts.. This location is hosted by Charity Baptist Church.

■ Located across the street from Jeff’s Freezette on 10th St.. This location is hosted by the Friends of Music for Colusa Unified School District.

Maxwell:

■ In the parking lot of Caldwell’s Mini Mart on the corner of Vine St. and Old Highway 99. The booth is hosted by DBC ‘Donations by Cheri’ and will benefit the Maxwell Town Pool and Teacher supplies.

Williams:

■ Located at the Shell Station on the corner of E and Vann Sts. The booth is hosted by the Williams High School Cheerleaders.

■ Located at the Orv’s Farm Market, 182 Virginia St, The booth is hosted by the Williams Police Officers Association.

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