Standing behind the counter at Greenwood’s Boom Boom Pow, Mike Galardo explained that he sells only quality fireworks.
“If it didn’t impress us, it’s not in here,” he said with a grin. “And people don’t have to guess about what they are buying in here, either. We have all of our fireworks on video.”
If video clips won’t do and customers prefer to see and hear the real thing, they can show up after 9 pm most evenings in the store parking lot. That’s when Galardo heads outside with a sampling of products.
“We plan on playing a little bit tonight,” he said with a laugh.
“He knows what everything in the store will do,” said Shelly Johns, Galardo’s fiancé. “That’s just an excuse so he can play with the fireworks.”
Galardo, a construction worker by day, says that he comes by his passion for loud sky lighters in an honest way. “My dad was a police officer for 30 years,” he said. “He’s a guy that loved stuff that went ‘bang.’”
Boom Boom Pow is a fun trial run on a new business venture, Galardo said of the space he leased near the intersection of Main Street and State Road 135 in Greenwood.
Filling the night air on Independence Day with lots of color and noise, surrounded by good friends and family is an important tradition
for all Americans, he said. “Fireworks seem like the best way to celebrate
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