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Fireworks sales benefit Spartan sports
LHS fireworks
From left, Lathrop High Athletic Director / Vice Principal Chuck Selna along with volunteers Ashley Smith, Mari Jane Burgren and Bryce Kenney practice social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions while working the TNT Fireworks booth in the Target parking lot on Tuesday.

The TNT Fireworks booth hosted by Lathrop High Athletics sits alone just west of Interstate 5 in the parking lot.

But that’s OK, according to Athletic Director/Vice Principal Chuck Selna.

“All sales will benefit our athletic teams,” he said on Tuesday.

Speaking of sales, the fireworks booth directly behind In-N-Out Burger and Starbucks at River Islands Parkway (formerly Louise Avenue) and Golden Valley Parkway did pretty good during Saturday’s opening day.

“We were pleased with the response from the community,” said Selna, indicating that this is the first time in several years of LHS Athletics conducting a fireworks fundraiser.

Those helping out include coaches, parents and former Spartan players – Ashley Smith, Mari Jane Burgren and Bryce Keeney had the Tuesday afternoon shift as temperatures reached the mid-90s.

Lathrop High along with the other non-profits and service organizations are hoping to continue benefitting from sales of fireworks given that many Fourth of July events are canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The TNT and Phantom fireworks – those are two booths featured in the area – offer a variety of safe-and-sane products for family fun.

Selna said the Lathrop Athletics fireworks booth will be open every day this week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Saturday or while supplies last. He’s hoping for the latter.