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Many getting a big bang out of crossing state lines

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For many people, fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Only a few types of fireworks are legal in the Tar Heel State, so many North Carolinians are heading south of the border to stock up on fireworks.

Wednesday, many people crossed just over the state line to buy everything from Screamers to Black Cats.

“The Fourth of July is crucial for our business. We obviously wouldn’t be able to make it the rest of the year if we didn’t have the Fourth of July to depend on,” said Crystal Graham of State Line Fireworks in Little River, South Carolina where the holiday crowds have become a regular occurrence.

Just across the state border in South Carolina, you wouldn’t know it by looking at any of the license plates. In fact, at State Line Fireworks, owner Crystal Graham says nearly 80 percent of their business comes from out of town.

“We do have a lot of shoppers from North Carolina… a lot of people from Virginia, Ohio, just different states. A lot of them come in and say they’re visiting the North Carolina beaches,” Graham said.

Back in North Carolina, fireworks that explode or leave the ground are illegal, and carry a hefty fine.

However, for most it’s hard to imagine the holiday without fireworks. “It’s fun to hear the big booms and see all the colors up in the air,” said Austin Scott.

While fireworks like sparklers and smoke bombs are legal in North Carolina, every firework requires proper safety precautions.

“Regardless of if they are legal or illegal, there’s always that danger so we want to make sure that there is a parent or adult somewhere watching where they’re using fireworks at all,” said Sgt. Todd Coring of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

A fact many enthusiasts say they’re well aware of. “We use eye protection, ear protection, and normally have a water hose or something like that incase something lights up,” said Garrett Scott.

Still, lighting up the sky could bring police lights to your house, which can extinguish a party pretty quickly.

You might wonder why larger, professional displays aren’t banned for the holiday.

According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, they are required to meet federal guidelines, have the local fire marshal inspect the site, and have a fire official on hand during the show.

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videoFor many people, fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Only a few types of fireworks are legal in the Tar Heel State, so many North Carolinians are heading south of the border to stock up on fireworks.

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