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Western Enterprises was started by current owner Jim Burnett’s father in 1946. He primarily concentrated on consumer fireworks such as those purchased at fireworks stands. In about 1948, he became involved in display fireworks and performed pyrotechnic displays nationwide. In 1950, he purchased a company in Colorado, which expanded his enterprise outside Oklahoma, and the company has branched from there. Burnett, owner of Western Enterprises at Carrier, said rules and regulations and the inability to compete with foreign manufacturing companies has put some out of business. There are fewer companies that manufacture and perform pyrotechnic displays like Western Enterprises. (Photo provided)