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Display fireworks revenue was $316 million in 2010 (the most recent figures available), up from $203 million in 2000, reports the American Pyrotechnics Association, a trade organization with worldwide membership of about 250 companies.
June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA), backyard fireworks have never been more popular or more in demand.
Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, estimates that Chinese exports of consumer fireworks are down by 35% this year, while the supply of fireworks for professional displays has dropped by 40%.
As we ring in 2013 with fireworks and sparklers, the following safety tips from the American Pyrotechnics Association can help us safely celebrate the New Year's holiday," says Sherri Fallin, spokesperson for TNT Fireworks East.
Zoldan, a former board chair of both the American Pyrotechnics Association and the Youngstown (OH) Better Business Bureau, is generally credited as one of the leaders in the fireworks industry responsible for increased pro-fireworks legislation across the country.
FIREWORKS SAFETY Follow label directions Always have an adult present Only ignite fireworks outdoors Have water close by Keep fireworks away from very young children Do not try to make your own fireworks Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks Soak used fireworks in a bucket of water - American Pyrotechnics Association CAPTION(S): Jonathan Fargher, manager of a Crossfire Ministries fireworks stand, says 3-foot metal sparklers are one of several popular items this year.
RELATED ARTICLE: Fireworks Safety Tips The American Pyrotechnics Association offers the following safely recommendations for using fireworks: * Always read and follow label directions * Always have an adult present * Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers * Only ignite fireworks outdoors * Be sure to have water handy * Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks * Light only one at a time * Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks * Never give fireworks to small children * Store fireworks in a cool, dry place * Dispose of fireworks properly * Never throw fireworks at another person * Never carry fireworks in your pocket * Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers
Most estimates are from the American Pyrotechnics Association, an industry group based in Chestertown, Md.