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Published July 03, 2012, 05:33 PM

Fireworks fans say it's not the 4th without them

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We got quite the reaction from store owners and shoppers, about this idea. They say holiday memories revolve around lighting their own fireworks. Take that away, and they say it ruins the celebration.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- We got quite the reaction from store owners and shoppers, about this idea. They say holiday memories revolve around lighting their own fireworks. Take that away, and they say it ruins the celebration.

Firework fans are standing firm. They say, the 4th of July is about freedom, and that includes the freedom to light your own fireworks.

Johnny Starr - Starr Fireworks: "Fourth of July without fireworks? That's unheard of."

That is the most common reaction we've heard all day. People say picking out and purchasing their own fireworks is something they won't give up.

Erika Spanjer - Fargo: "This is the one thing we do for the Fourth of July. It would be kind of boring."

Store owners are in the same boat. They say the firework industry is not only their livelihood, but a huge part of 4th of July memories.

John Schmelka - Generous Jerry's Fireworks: "Families I've dealt with over the years working here, this is their holiday."

Johnny Starr: "I think there is enough negativity in the air, and we want to get a bunch of doctors and firemen on board to say no, but they have a job. A government job."

The Alliance to Stop Consumer fireworks fight for professional shows only, for safety. Stores say they've got that covered.

John Schmelka: "We try to instruct people how you light them, how each product works and how you light them and how you want to stand back and watch."

Now that's the exact opposite of what the Alliance to Stop Consumer fireworks says. They say of the majority of the 8,000 people injured by fireworks are children. It's a reminder that the freedom to light fireworks comes with a lot of responsibility.

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