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Fireworks fundraisers see slow sales from heat

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Chrissie Coon relies on sales from her fireworks stand to fund a nonprofit. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Chrissie Coon relies on sales from her fireworks stand to fund a nonprofit. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
Plenty of fireworks but few customers. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) Plenty of fireworks but few customers. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

There are hundreds of fireworks stands across southern Nevada, but many are struggling with slow sales because of the heat.

Each booth supports a different cause.

In Henderson on Sunset near Mountain Vista, the Green Valley High School student council hopes to raise funds for next year's spirit gear and events like prom.

"There's already a retreat at beginning of the year we have to pay a few hundred dollars for, so hopefully this will help pay for costs for rest of the year," student Angelica Heimlich said.

Heimlich said they've had some decent sales, but things are slow.

"We're waiting for people to just come and buy stuff, and waiting for the time to pass by," Heimlich added.

In the Northwest at North Decatur and the 215, North Las Vegas Police PIO Chrissie Coon is holding her annual Fireworks for Joey booth.

Coon lost her baby boy in 2009 to a rare disease. "Myotubular myopathy makes it difficult for children to be able to walk and run and talk," she said.

Coon's booth benefits a nonprofit that supports other families in similar situations and helps build a trustworthy network.

In her third year doing the booth, Coon said the heat is really hurting sales.

"This year, we've done about a third of the business we had done at the same time last year," Coon said.

Volunteers just hope things will pick up closer to Independence Day because many nonprofits rely on these funds for the next year.

If necessary, the booths will return the fireworks they don't sell for credit at the end of the fundraisers.

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