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I get saddened this time of year thinking about American-made fireworks, once the mainstay of our Independence Day celebrations. Since 1954, domestic production has nearly been eliminated, in the name of "safety", by new federal entities. The producers simply cannot compete with their overseas counterparts because of regulations imposed by various Departments, Commissions, Administrations, Offices, and Agencies. Never mind the fact that misuse of fireworks ranks right up there with stepladders, roller skates, and bicycles as one of the many causes of serious injuries. Reminds me of how so many mail-order firearms and other 'destructive devices" were prohibited in 1934 under the guise of "crime control" even though these items were seldom used by criminals.

Oh well, celebrants in some jurisdictions can still shoot imported fireworks, often made by children and semi-slave labor, as long as they make sufficiently muted sounds at or near ground level. The 4th just isn't as much fun as it used to be without some great old noisemakers produced by Backe's, Kent, Tipp's, Triumph, Unexcelled, United, and Victory to name a few of the biggest. They employed a lot of people.

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Yes, Hal, for most of my life fireworks were illegal here in PA. Now they are legal, but unless I'm wrong you can't legally buy them here you have to go to Ohio, where they are also illegal unless you buy them in PA. Yes, fireworks are sold in Pa and in Ohio just not to the corresponding residents! Safety First! Very Happy Independence Day to All!

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We can shoot anytime here in ND, but can only buy during the week of the 4th and around Christmas/New Year. No rockets under 2 oz or Roman candles over 10=ball are the only restrictions. CPSC tried to ban all firecrackers nationally in 1976; only thing that saved us was the fact that they are used for religious purposes by some faiths. That is how we ended up with the miserable little 50mg crapcrackers we have today. I've been collecting firecracker packs and labels for 75 years.

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I suspect a lot of those old firecracker labels would deem the manufacturers racist these days.


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I was surprised to see how much fireworks have gone up in price in the last year. Each year I buy my F250's back seat full of big, multi-shot fireworks aerial displays (some with as many as 640 shots). From last year to this year there was a big difference. I bought $474, after the 40% discount my close friend gives me) Friday, to shoot Saturday evening. I've done this for several years, each 4th of July, at some pre-determined place on the Savannah River. Last night it was at Stoney Bluff Landing. All of the fireworks originated in China. It would be nice to be able to have fireworks that were all made in the USA, but the truth is that if they had been my bill would have likely been closer to $2474, instead of $474. Make of that what you will. For my part........... "thanks, labor unions".

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We can shoot fireworks off anytime of the year outside the city limits unless the area says it’s restricted

However we can only buy the at the 4 of July time and New Years time,


All the good stuff is federally restricted ( 50 milligrams of powder) unless you have a connection


Not as fun as it use to be

Even the stuff when you could make the really good stuff is restricted now. Can’t even buy dynamite fuse anymore

Seems a shame


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Nineteen years living in the Ponderosa Pines in a dry climate I've come to hate fireworks!!

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I'm with Researcher. Two years ago in September, the wildfire smoke in No Cal was so thick that it was as if the sun never rose all day. Last summer was the same in much of Oregon. CA barely had any rain this winter, and the fire potential is off the charts.

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House about 20 houses down from me on same street burned down last night. Empty, new owners were going to move in today. About an $900,000 home. It's toast. A tear down. Fire department is pretty sure it was embers from fireworks, which were non stop last night, and with no one living in the house, it was raging before anyone noticed.

We've had lots of moisture so far this year but nothing for close to two weeks.

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Fireworks are fundamentally different from firearms. The right to be arms exists in our constitution for a well thought out purpose.

While I no longer like setting fireworks off myself, and I am bothered by the week of booms all over the neighborhood, I tolerate it. Toleration takes us a distance in this country.

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