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Area resident Shannon Backstrom has worked the booth every summer for the last 10 years

If you live in the Molalla area and you're looking for fireworks, chances are you'll run into the friendly Shannon Backstrom and perhaps a dog she's borrowed for the moment.

Backstrom runs the only booth in town, now located in the corner of the Safeway parking lot.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Shannon Backstrom has manned the fireworks stand in the Safeway parking lot for 10 years now.

Backstrom's family, of Silverton, has been in the fireworks business, and in fact the holiday business, since she can remember. They also do pumpkins for Halloween and planning for other events.

"There was one year that I didn't do it because I had moved to Utah," Backstrom said. "I didn't know what to do with myself, because I was like, 'What do normal people do on holidays?' So I just found a dog that was wandering lost because it got scared of the fireworks, and I hung out with the dog all night and then found its home. So, I don't even know how to holiday."

Backstrom, now 28, has personally manned the Molalla booth every year since she was 18, even returning for the summer the year she was in Utah.

She often donates funds from the earnings to organizations such as the Chemeketa Law Enforcement program or her church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The booth is open now through the Fourth of July.


Kristen Wohlers
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