For anyone that has driven or walked down Missouri Avenue for the past 28 years there has always been this tent, or back when it first started, wooden stand in the parking lot of Hidden Valley Plaza.
“We have been in this location for 28 years,” said Wanda Creach. “This is my 27th year working here and my husband started doing this when he was 17 years old, actually Thunder Mountain Fireworks is celebrating 39 years.”
Creach got into the business because of her husband and has always had a great time in selling the fireworks, guaranteeing that they never run out of anything.
“We have several stands so if there is something ehre that we don't have we can always just get it from one of our other stands,” said Creach.
Something this big does not just happen over night though. The Creach family takes two days to set up this tent and everything that goes in it.
“It takes us a day to get the tent up and the fencing around it,” said Creach. “Then it takes another day to get the tables in and the inventory stocked.
The stand features the newest fireworks and some of the old favorites that everyone loves, but like always the ones with the biggest explosions and displays are the most popular.
“Without a doubt artillery are our most popular,” said Creach. “They are reload able, they give a great display. The report on them is awesome and we have a variety of them.”
One of things about their tent that stands out from the other fireworks stands in the area is that they offer a complete section dedicated to just children.
“An entire section of our tent is dedicated to young adults,” said Creach. “Anywhere from sparklers to snappers to snakes, smoke, it is designed for children.”
Even though they have a section that is for the children Creach still preaches about only firing them off with adult supervision and to always follow the directions.
“Misuse of fireworks is the greatest problem leading to someone getting injured,” said Creach. “This is a fun time for everyone, children need to be supervised. They need supervision, they need to follow the instructions and that a way they will have a safe, fun, 4th of July.”
Fireworks are allowed to be sold from the last two weeks of June until July 5th and are allowed to be shot off within the city limits of St. Robert from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. from June 30th until July 5th.