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Fourth of July folly? China supplies most fireworks used in U.S.

- The Washington Times - Friday, July 5, 2013

Nearly every firework display that's blown up in the United States has the "Made in China" stamp, a new study found.

The American Pyrotechnics Association reported that 93 percent of all the fireworks that are set off in America were made in China. And 99 percent of all fireworks that are available to U.S. customers — that are offered for sale or distribution — actually come from the communist nation.

The U.S. only made 6.7 million of the total 207.5 million pounds of the fireworks that were purchased domestically in 2012, The Blaze reported. American bought 201 million pounds from China alone — totaling 96 percent — last year, APA Executive Director Julie Heckman said.

"U.S. imports of Chinese fireworks spike in May, as they do every year, in anticipation of the July Fourth holiday," the APA report found.

And the group that buys the most fireworks that are actually made in the United States?

The commercial sector — versus the individual — is more prone to buy the domestically produced fireworks, said Ms. Heckman, in The Blaze, because they "pack more punch and are regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."

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