Fireworks Take the Backyard as Public Shows Cancel

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The American Pyrotechnics Association, which represents the fireworks industry, says overall sales are breaking records.

“The APA predicts an all-time high in backyard consumer fireworks sales and use as families prepare to celebrate Independence Day at home due to the pandemic and cancellation of large public celebrations,” says Julie L. Heckman, the association’s executive director, in a news release.
Some companies have seen sales jump 200% to 300%, Heckman told CNBC.
The country’s largest firework retailer, Phantom has increased safety information in its showrooms and
website
with displays, pamphlets, videos, and tips.
In addition to rules such as having water nearby, the company urges users to make sure fireworks are placed on sturdy, level ground, to stand far away, and wear
eye
protection.

Celebrators must also ensure that the person controlling the fireworks is unimpaired — that is, sober.
“Most firework injuries are due to misuse and abuse,” Weimer says. “You should have a designated shooter, just like you would a designated driver.”
Alcohol
should never be around the explosives, as it creates a recipe for combustion. And we’re not just talking about the kind you drink. In this age of coronavirus, the warning extends to other items with high alcohol content, such as hand sanitizer.
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