Fireworks Group Doubles Down on Safety Amid Sales Surge
The pandemic has created many new normals
This year, just like everything else, fireworks are seeing a shift in their use. And with that shifting use, the association that represents fireworks makers is making a fresh case for safety. The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) last week released a statement about the need for fireworks safety ahead of Independence Day.
It’s a message that comes at a time when fireworks are seeing very heavy use even before July 4. In recent days, cities around the country have reported a significant increase in fireworks going off, which has even led to a rise in conspiracy theories.
Additionally, public fireworks displays, long a staple of Fourth of July celebrations, are off the calendar this year because of social distancing concerns, which APA Executive Director Julie L. Heckman says is leading to a major surge in consumer use.
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