For the first time in a long time, Mother Nature is on the side of the fireworks vendors, as the Fourth of July fireworks season is underway with no restrictions on fireworks usage, at least in Bexar County, for the first Fourth of July since 2010, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  "We are extremely excited about the rain," said Luke Girdley, Vice President of Alamo Fireworks.  "It is beneficially for everybody, and it is particularly beneficial for us."


  Texas law allows fireworks sales in approved areas to take place in the ten days preceding the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve.


  "We think there is going to be a lot of people who are going to go out and buy fireworks and shoot them off," Girdley said.  "It's going to be awesome."


  He says there are several new items that Independence Day fireworks fans are lining up to get their hands on.  He says large 'reloadable' tubes which shoot as many as 100 rounds have come onto the market and he expects a strong season for them this July Fourth.


  As always, fireworks are prohibited inside the city limits of metro areas, and when you travel south and west from Bexar County and begin to encounter much drier weather, there are restrictions in place in those counties, up to and including total fireworks bans, so check with local officials.


  Girdley says Alamo Fireworks will have one 'safe zone' open for people who want to shoot off fireworks without the potential liability of setting a fire.  It will be open near the Alamo Fireworks location on I-10 and Ralph Fair road near Fair Oaks Ranch.


  "I think its going to be a awesome and a lot of people are coming out for fireworks," he said.  "Our hope is that everybody stays safe, and just follows some basic common sense."