Supply chain issues are affecting New Year’s Eve plans for some people in Green County

GLENPOOL, Okla. — With the new year only a few days away, supply chain issues are impacting firework stores.

If you’re planning on setting off the new year with a bang it might cost you more because stores are suffering from shipping problems.

Melissa Torkleson at Big Blast Fireworks in Glenpool says they’ve been hit by supply chain problems for 2 years now because of COVID-19 and it’s affected the selection of fireworks available this new year.

“What we’re seeing right now that’s really frustrating is an increase in shipping costs coming from China right now. We have three containers in December, just to ship those containers it was $39,000 per container,” said Torkleson.

Companies are paying more for shipping to get their products, that cost is then being passed onto us at the checkout.

We’re told that means some of the bigger items like the 500 gram cakes cost a little bit more than usual, Melissa says they are trying to keep prices down though.

“So our customers coming in the door are going to see a slight increase from last summer now we still have things and I always let people know we have things for every budget so if you wanting to come in here and spend $20 or $30 on a fireworks item we have that,” said Torkleson.

The message is, buy your fireworks sooner rather than later so you don’t miss out. Big blast fireworks is open until midnight on New Year’s Eve if you want to get your hands on fireworks last minute.