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Highlights & News

December 18, 2014

FMCSA issues Final Rule today rescinding DVIR requirement.

December 1, 2014

FMCSA issues advanced NPRM on minimum financial responsibilities levels.

November 20, 2014

Former CPSC Chair Tenenbaum joins industry Foundation team.

November 11, 2014

APA files comments on Reverse Logistics NPRM.

November 6, 2014
APA files comments on EPA’s Request for Information (RFI) on the agency’s Risk Management  {...}

September 25, 2014
PHMSA Administrator Cynthia Quarterman stepping down, read more.

September 24, 2014
PHMSA clarifies policies for Display Shells with Attachments and Display Mines.

September 17, 2014
APA Board approves NGAP Charitable Foundation, details here.

September 16, 2014
Retailers face possible security breaches, make sure you are covered, see more

August 22, 2014

Scott Darling named FMCSA Acting Administrator, see more

July 30, 2014
Senate confirms new CPSC Chairman & Commissioner, read more.

July 25, 2014
FMCSA Administrator Ferro to step down, more info here.

July 3, 2014
Learn about the science behind fireworks, click here 

July 2, 2014
See how donors are helping to reignite the skies this 4th of July.

July 1, 2014

Spectacular fireworks displays to honor our Nation this July 4th, read more.

June 28, 2014
Remember these important Fireworks Safety Tips this 4th of July.

June 24, 2014
Booms are a Boon for business, discover how fireworks boost sales.

June 23, 2014
APA predicts a banner year for Consumer Fireworks sales, see why

June 19, 2014
The APA urges the public to enjoy a Sparkling Good (and Safe) time this July 4th.  See more.

June 10, 2014
Traveling this 4th of July?  Remember, Fireworks Don't Fly, view FAA message here.

May 8, 2014
APA priorities on HMSP & User Fees advance in the House, APA members click here for more info.

April 29, 2014
DOT Sec. Foxx sends transportation legislation to Congress, see

April 23, 2014 Save
May 21 deadline for CMV drivers, see FMCSA details on new medical certificate requirement.

April 16, 2014 
APA responds to NFPA President anti-fireworks legislation letter, click here.

April 1, 2014 
APA to testify April 2 before Congress on HazMat Reauthorization, learn more.



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


American Pyrotechnics Association Predicts a Banner Year for Consumer Fireworks Sales

Bethesda, MD, June 23, 2014 –As Independence Day quickly approaches, consumers are visiting the thousands of fireworks retail sales establishments across the nation to stock up on sparklers, cones, fountains and many other varieties of consumer firework devices for their backyard celebrations.  Americans in certain states will have a greater variety of fireworks, as well as more places to purchase them due to a national trend in relaxing the consumer fireworks laws.     

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), consumer fireworks retailers have reported that sales are off to a brisk start. The APA predicts a banner year for fireworks sales as long as “Mother Nature” cooperates and provides good weather for the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.  Despite the sluggish economy, consumer fireworks revenues have climbed steadily from $600 million in 2006, to $662 million in 2013.   “If sales remain strong through July 4, and the weather cooperates, consumer fireworks revenues could exceed $675 million for the 2014 fireworks season,” says Julie L. Heckman, Executive Director of the APA.

Backyard fireworks have never been more popular or more in demand. Since 2000, there has been an on-going proliferation of state and local legislation to relax consumer fireworks laws and lift fireworks prohibitions.[1]   46 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, allow the sale and use of some types of consumer fireworks. 

“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,” says Heckman.   The fireworks-related injury rate is 43% lower than it was in 2000, when the trend in relaxing consumer fireworks laws was first initiated.[2]  Additionally, data released by the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), indicates that since 2000, fireworks-related fires have declined by more than 50% and are among the lowest level in three decades.   “I cannot think of one other consumer product on the market today that has experienced such record-breaking growth in consumption, yet achieved such a sharp decline in both injuries and fires,” added Heckman. 

Heckman, urges, “While the number of fireworks-related injuries and fires have declined significantly, this is not the time for consumers to be lax about safety.  Consumers should always keep safety top-of-mind by following common sense safety tips when using backyard fireworks as well as obeying all local fireworks laws. [3]

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, importers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and professional display companies.   Additional information about the fireworks industry, facts & figures, history of fireworks, state laws and safety tips, can be found on APA’s website at www.americanpyro.com.


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[1] Legislative activity since 2000: the following states lifted consumer fireworks restrictions and permitted hand-held & ground based sparkling devices: Connecticut (2000), Maryland (2001), Minnesota (2002), Vermont – sparklers & novelties only (2002), Georgia (2005), Arizona and Rhode Island (2010).  More recently, consumer fireworks prohibitions were lifted in the following states:  Kentucky permitted full-line consumer fireworks (2011); followed by Utah relaxing its law to include multiple tube cakes & repeaters (2011); New Hampshire now permits reloadable devices (2012); and Michigan authorized full-line consumer fireworks (2012).

[3] http://www.americanpyro.com/backyard-fireworks-tips

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