COLUMBIA — Reuben Stokes is going on his third year as "the drone, laborer, back-muscle, whatever you want to call it" at Compton's Fireworks just north of Columbia. He said of the roughly 100 tents the owner operates across Missouri, his location on Rangeline Street was the first to open June 20.
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