'Tis the season to go bang-bang'

Friday, June 27, 2008
Tribune photo by Karen Hall Bill Branaman and Steve Morrison at their fireworks stand in Cornersville.

Now that Independence Day is one week away, it's safe to say that fireworks stands have been popping up all over.

Meanwhile, two fireworks shows are being planned in Chapel Hill for this year's celebration of America's Independence Day.

The first is Wednesday by the pyrotechically-minded business partners set up in the tent just south of Forrest Landing. The second is by the town as it celebrates the founding of Chapel Hill.

And for the first time that anyone can remember, there's a fireworks stand in Cornersville. You can't miss its big blue and white tent set up in the parking lot of the former M & W Trucking building across from the high school.

"We're trying to save people gas money," said Bill Branaman who's operating the stand with his partner Steve Morrison.

They contracted to sell the fireworks through Gibson Specialties of Chapel Hill. James and Lori Gibson have been in the fireworks business for 15 years and have their stand at the corner of Hwy 99 and Hwy 31A. Prices are in line with what customers would pay in Lewisburg, Branaman claims.

The Gibsons' fireworks stand in Chapel Hill is at Forrest Landing. James Gibson will be firing glaring red rockets as dusk turns to darkness Wednesday night, July 2. Lori says it's to show customers what their wares will do.

"I didn't realize how many people would come out until after the show last year when cars were being started and headlights came on," she said. "They were parked on State Route 99, at Sambo's and everywhere.

"The phone's been ringing off the hook at Forrest Landing with people asking when the show will be held," Lori said, anticipating launch time at about 8:30-8:45 p.m. That's in Chapel Hill.

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