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Last chance to buy fireworks in the Crossroads

By Jessica Rodrigo
July 3, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.


It's that time of summer when everything is speckled with red, white and blue and stars and stripes.

It's the Fourth of July, and it's time to scatter to the outskirts of Victoria to play with sparklers and watch fountains of sparks fly through the air and small fireworks skitter across the ground in a rainbow of colors. And once the clock strikes midnight Friday, the firework stands will shut their doors, and sales will end.

This is your last-minute guide to buying fireworks to celebrate the nation's anniversary of independence. We bought one of the variety packs available from the Big Tex Fireworks stand on U.S. Highway 77 north of town, and salesman Tommy Burger painted a picture for us of what to expect from our frugal purchase.

"These are some of the more popular packs because they have fountains, sparklers and Roman candles," he said.

Inside his yellow, wooden trailer, shelves are filled with colorful tubes, neatly wrapped boxes and cardboard cylinders with the names of insects, snakes and more. Here's the breakdown of what fireworks we got in the One For The Money package.•  Dancing Butterflies - Fountain that shoots sparks into the air that look like butterflies fluttering around and butterflies dancing around on the ground. Dancing Butterflies - Fountain that shoots sparks into the air that look like butterflies fluttering around and butterflies dancing around on the ground.

• Jade Flowers - Fountain firework that showers colorful sparks into the air with loud, crackling pops. Jade Flowers - Fountain firework that showers colorful sparks into the air with loud, crackling pops.

•  No. 3 Cone - Sprays a short fountain of colorful, crackling sparks. No. 3 Cone - Sprays a short fountain of colorful, crackling sparks.

•  Roman Candles - Aerial firework that shoots flaming balls high into the air. Roman Candles - Aerial firework that shoots flaming balls high into the air.

• Junior Cuckoos - Small fountain that sprays a colorful stream of sparks with bright, bursting stars.Junior Cuckoos - Small fountain that sprays a colorful stream of sparks with bright, bursting stars.

•  Morning Glory Sparklers - Handheld firework that gives off sparks as it burns. These Morning Glory Sparklers emit sparks in gold and yellow. Morning Glory Sparklers - Handheld firework that gives off sparks as it burns. These Morning Glory Sparklers emit sparks in gold and yellow.

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