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Highlights & News

November 2
Howard "Skip" Elliott sworn in as PHMSA Administrator, read more

September 8
President Trump nominates Howard Elliott to serve as PHMSA Administrator, learn more

June 29, 2017
APA applauds legalization of Consumer fireworks in NJ, see more

June 28, 2017
Must see July 4th Fireworks Displays, read more

June 21, 2017
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th, click here.

June 5, 2017
FMCSA withdraws motor carrier financial responsibility rulemaking, notice here.

April 19, 2017
APA files comments on TRALA ELD rental truck exemption application. 

March 23, 2017
FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal, see notice here.

March 1, 2017
David Tang, K&L Gates, Asia, BBC interview on investment flows into and out of China.

February 22, 2017
Ann Marie Buerkle named Acting Chairman of the CPSC, read more.

February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.

December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.

December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.

December 8,
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.

December 5, 2016

FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.

November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.

September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 

For Immediate Release                                                 Media Contact: Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director
                                                                                      American Pyrotechnics Association
                                                                                      (301) 907-8181 

American Pyrotechnics Association Applauds Governor Christie’s Legalization of Consumer Fireworks
 New Jersey Becomes the 48th State to Allow the Sale and Use of Some Types of Fireworks


Bethesda, MD, June 29, 2017 - With only five days until America celebrates its 241st birthday, New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie signed a bill to allow the sale and use of some types of consumer fireworks.  Fireworks retailers are moving quickly to help ensure that the Garden State is well supplied for Independence Day celebrations.

Under the law, residents of New Jersey will be able to purchase hand-held and ground-based sparking devices which are non-aerial and non-explosive – meaning a wide variety of cones and fountains will be available, including the popular 500 gram multiple tube cake devices.  Novelty devices such as sparklers, party poppers, snaps, snakes, glow worms and smoke devices are authorized as well.  The minimum age to purchase these products is 16.  The law still prohibits firecrackers, sky rockets and aerial devices.

New Jersey joins eight other states – Kentucky, Utah, New Hampshire, Michigan, New York, Georgia, West Virginia and Iowa in lifting restrictions on the sale and use of some type of consumer fireworks since 2011.  Delaware and Massachusetts are the only states in the nation that continue to maintain long-standing prohibitions on all consumer fireworks federally regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), “with the liberalization of consumer fireworks laws and record-breaking growth in backyard fireworks usage, the number of fireworks-related injuries and fires has dramatically declined,” said Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director of the APA.  The fireworks-related injury rate is 43% lower than it was in 2000, when the trend in relaxing consumer fireworks laws was first initiated. [1]

Safety Tips

The APA encourage consumers to take the time to plan Independence Day fireworks celebrations by selecting a safe location that is free of debris and has a flat, level surface.  Make certain to read and follow all instructions for use and keep spectators at a safe distance.  The public can learn more about how to celebrate safely this 4th of July by downloading the following safety tips flier:


And by watching this brief animated safety video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rukcqqXbcM&feature=youtu.be

Have a safe and spectacular 4th of July and remember to #CelebrateSafely!

About the American Pyrotechnics Association

The APA is the leading trade association of the fireworks industry. The APA supports and promotes safety standards for all aspects of fireworks. The APA has a diverse membership including regulated and licensed manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, importers, suppliers and professional display fireworks companies. Additional information about the fireworks industry, facts & figures, state laws and safety tips can be found on APA’s website at http://www.americanpyro.com.



[1] http://www.americanpyro.com/assets/docs/FactsandFigures/2consumpvinjuriesliberalizationgraph%201976-2016.pdf

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