Selling a tradition: I.F. couple loves fireworks business

Logan Godfrey restocks the shelves Wednesday at the Red Dragon Fireworks stand off 17th Street in Idaho Falls. Godfrey’s wife, Erin, grew up selling fireworks at her family’s booth in Twin Falls. The couple has operated a booth in Idaho Falls for the past four years. Pat Sutphin /

When Logan Godfrey married his wife, Erin, four years ago, he also became a partner in the family’s summertime business — selling fireworks.

“My wife has been doing this since she was 7 years old,” Godfrey said. “Her family sold fireworks when she was growing up and it’s something that she is really passionate about. When we got engaged, I started doing it with her and just realized I really liked doing it.”

While Erin’s family still sells fireworks in Twin Falls, the couple operates a booth in Idaho Falls, where they make their home. Their stand, located in the Albertsons’ parking lot at 590 E. 17th St., is one of 18 operating in Idaho Falls. The businesses are allowed to sell fireworks beginning 10 days prior to the Fourth of July.

City Fire Marshal Ken Anderson said most of the booths operating in the city are owned by fireworks distributors. Others are operated by families or groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police or the Boy Scouts of America.

“People start getting ready to sell fireworks in about May,” Anderson said. “They have to attend a safety class, register and pay a fee with the city. And all of the booths have to pass an inspection from the fire marshal. We make sure they’re in a safe location.”

The fireworks stand operated by the Godfreys is owned by Red Dragon Outlet Fireworks, a distributor based in Twin Falls. The company supplies the product and pays a fee to Albertsons for use of the parking lot space.

Booth employees receive a commission, Logan Godfrey said, based on total sales and how long the sellers have worked for the company.

It was his wife’s experience in Twin Falls that led to their working at a stand in Idaho Falls four years ago.

“We were actually approached by someone from a distributor, who knew my wife,” Godfrey said. “They had someone, who was supposed to be selling, drop out and they asked if we would be interested in doing it. We’ve done it every year since then.”

Logan estimated he spends 15 to 16 hours a day working at the booth.

The city does not regulate the hours of the fireworks booths. The only requirement is that when the booth is left unattended, it must be securely locked up, Anderson said.

When he’s not selling fireworks, Godfrey attends Brigham Young University-Idaho, where he’s a math education major. He also works as a lab administrator on campus.

But during the next few days, Godfrey will devote his time to fireworks.

“We sell all the classic fireworks,” he said. “We have sparklers, smoke balls, pretty much all the classic fireworks you’d think of.”

Neal Jennings was among the customers who stopped by the Red Dragon stand Tuesday.

“I was on my way to Albertsons and thought I’d stop by here and get some fireworks for my kids,” Jennings said. “They’ve got a pretty wide selection. I think my kids will be pretty happy when I bring home a bag of things for them to light off.”

The Godfreys understand such passion.

“I’m really glad that Logan ended up loving this as much as I do,” Erin Godfrey said. “It’s a fun thing we get to share between the two of us. It’s something we bond over and it’s guaranteed time we get to spend together.”