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Fireworks stands help fund local organizations

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Posted at 10:46 PM, Jul 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-08 00:46:28-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Fireworks feature prominently in Fourth of July and Pioneer day celebrations, but the sale of the pyrotechnics can also help local organizations raise funds.

All-Star Karate is one of many local organizations getting into the fireworks business courtesy of a deal with TNT Fireworks.

Laurie Gustin, All-Star Karate, said it’s a risk free venture on their end.

“TNT provides everything for us, the tent, all the product... we get a percentage of what we sell and then what we don`t sell we just turn back into them, so there`s no risk for the organizations,” she said.

Gustin said the project has been fun and not just about funds.

'All the kids get involved,” she said. “The entire dojo is actually here one night when we're here, doing demos by the road and just having a great time.”

Gustin said their goal is to raise enough money to update their organization’s dojo.

Lucy, who practices with All-Star Karate, said they hope to keep the dojo cool.

“Well this year we`re going for like a new air conditioning because we don`t have a lot of air conditioning, and it`s really just a fundraiser and we have something different every year,” she said.

Gustin said shopping with them means more than just buying fireworks.

“If you`re buying them out here, you`re supporting a good cause and you`re helping all these kids,” she said.

For more information about when and where Utahns may legally set off fireworks, click here.