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      With Hurricane Alex gone, fireworks sales pick up

      When it comes to fireworks, Miles Paredes Jr. says he loves the colors, the rockets and spending time with his dad.

      That TMs why he, along with his dad and the rest of the family stopped by Alamo Fireworks in Harlingen, to stock up.

      It TMs an annual event. It TMs something we do at the house every 4th of July and New Years," said Miles Paredes Sr.

      Hurricane Alex was a concern when it approached the Rio Grande Valley earlier this week but with Alex long gone, sales are looking up.

      We TMre expecting to have about the same, I mean it didn TMt rain as much as we expected it to, so we TMre hoping for a really good turn out this season, said Philip Rincones, a sales cashier at the Alamo Fireworks.

      And that TMs good news, especially for teen employees at the store.

      All of them a part of the Abundant Life Youth Group.

      With every sale made, the group receives a percentage of every purchase allowing them to compete in a fine arts competition.

      By the grace of God we made it to nationals and we TMre earning money to make it to Denver, said Hannah Caballero.

      To get there, Hannah is putting in long hours in hopes of making her dreams come true.

      I have a passion for it and just being able to go out and sing and do this, it means a lot to me, so i'm gonna do whatever it takes to get to that place," said Caballero.

      Upon hearing the news about the percentage, Paredes decided| he would do a little more to help.

      I decided I was going to buy more fireworks," Paredes said. "It TMs an awesome deal."

      Alamo Fireworks said they have special savings coupons available in the newspaper and on their website