The Top Dog Fireworks store off 290 and Huffmeister was full of activity. There weren’t any customers, just lots of young people moving about. The student volunteers are members of the Cypress Springs High School Marching Panther Band. A percentage of all fireworks sold goes to the band booster club.
Kathy Brinkmeyer is also a volunteer. Her son Josh plays the trombone.
"We have quite a few parents that come in and volunteer. Mr. Donovan is one of them down there in the purple shirt. We trade off days, we have schedules where we come in and work and like me I take my vacation time during the Christmas season anyway so it works out ok for me to work during the days."
The Cy-Springs band has helped out at the store for many years. Brinkmeyer says the money helps fund trips and various activities.
"Two years ago we went to Disney, and we marched in the Disney parade and performed in the Disney competition. That’s their opportunity to go outside of the local area and compete with other bands from across the United States."
But this year, they and other nonprofits that work at other locations lost out on lots of money when fireworks were banned in most of Texas. Top Dog spokeswoman Sue Davis says the drought hurt everyone in different ways.
"I don’t think they ever in Harris County had a total ban on fireworks before like they did this past Fourth of July. We concurred with that by the way we did not fight that. It was obvious that it was a dangerous situation. It was an unfortunate thing for not only us, but obviously the nonprofits, the seasonal employees, the truck drivers, everybody else that’s involved in a fireworks season. Unfortunately, they all lost too, but it was the right thing to do."
So now they’ve got thirteen days to make up as much as they can. Junior Josh Brinkmeyer is spending his third year volunteering. He the others were putting price tags on all the items.
"A lot of fun, a lot of work. You come you be with your friends, but also you know you have to work. You can’t just sit around and do nothing you have to help the customers, and you gotta make sure everything’s clean and everything is organized."
A few things to keep in mind: Fireworks can only be used in unincorporated parts of the counties. Even transporting them through the city is illegal. And even though the ban has been lifted there are two types of fireworks still considered fire hazards that could get you in trouble. No worries however, the stands aren’t selling them.