(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has snuffed out plenty of summer fireworks shows in the Chicago area, and that has business booming in some neighboring states.
“I’ve been doing this for 12, 15 years now, and this is definitely the busiest it’s been this early.”
Dimitri Panos owns Dynamite Fireworks in Hammond, Indiana, which he said gets 95% of its business from Illinois residents.
“All of the shows are cancelled, so they want to do something for their friends and families,” he said. “They’re just all doing stuff at their homes.”
And the proof is in the numbers. Chicago has seen the number of fireworks complaints shoot up by more than 736% this year. Other major cities like Boston and parts of New York have reported similar spikes.
Bolingbrook, Joliet, Naperville and Yorkville are among the local cities still planning to hold Fourth of July fireworks displays.