Tushka fireworks stand celebrates 50 years
TUSHKA, Okla. (KTEN) — You'd be hard pressed to find a business with more ties to Tushka than Hyatt Family Fireworks.
"We've been in the business for 50 years now," said Steve Hyatt. "I was 11 years old when I started."
Hyatt runs the stand for a week in July around his full-time job as a postmaster.
"So we tried it, and I really really liked it," he said. "We just continued ever since then. We had no plans to be in the business for 50 years; that's just the way it worked out."
The Hyatt family's fireworks business now spans more than four generations.
"I mean, I remember being a little kid selling fireworks in there when I was seven or eight years old," said Steve's son Randy Hyatt. "I'm sure I was in the way before that!"
The Hyatts have built plenty of relationships over their years running the stand.
"We see people every year that travel through here," Steve Hyatt said. "We see them once a year and catch up on each other's families."
The fireworks industry has also evolved over the 50 years in Tushka.
"It's just amazing how much this has advanced," Steve Hyatt said. "These are some pretty awesome fireworks these days that are being made."
He added that for him, the fireworks business is less about the money and more about the people.
And if you're unsure which firework is right for you, Steve recommends the 24-shot Scorpion. Why? Because he said it's big and loud.