Fireworks time is on the horizon in Missouri. Rob Cima, vice president of the Missouri Pyrotechnics Association, said licensed fireworks stands are open for business.
“Fireworks are only really available between June 20 and July 10,” he said. “It’s fireworks season. There is also a small window around New Years but for the most part, those tents that everyone sees going up, they will open on June 20th and close on July 10th.
Check your local ordinances to find out when you can legally light fireworks.
It may not be a surprise, but if you buy fireworks during the upcoming 4th of July holiday, it will cost you a bit more money. Cima said consumers can expect to pay about 5% to 10% more than last year – about 40% more than before the pandemic.
“The good news is that it’s a little better than last year. I think a lot of retailers and wholesalers expected to have a problem and they planned ahead and they ordered even earlier than usual,” Cima said. “The bad news is that a lot of the stuff they ordered still hasn’t arrived in the US”
Cima said demand has increased. Fireworks sales have more than doubled since 2019. He said some fireworks may run out early and suggests not waiting until the last minute to buy fireworks.
Cima has shared some ideas that could save you some money.
“There are websites where you can buy wholesale fireworks if you buy in bulk, but for most people, unless you’re spending thousands of dollars on your 4th of July show, your “best bet is to try a few tents. Usually every tent has a special or something they do to market and try to get people in and you can take advantage of whatever promotion they have,” a- he declared.
According to Cima, the United States recorded about 11,600 fireworks-related injuries in 2021 — the lowest rate the country has ever seen. He said the industry was working hard to make fireworks safer for consumers.
“In fact, more and more states have legalized them recently,” Cima said. “For years it was going the other way where they were illegal and now it’s coming back, so with these fireworks that are safer to use, you actually have more fireworks than ever in more places. ‘states than ever and lower injury rates. It’s a great combination.
He said all fireworks should be handled with care, especially canisters.
“They call it a little mortar tube and it’s like a bullet or a little cartridge. It’s probably three inches tall and it fits in this tube and you turn it on and it goes off. It’s a pretty powerful firework and it can be fired safely,” he said. “The most important thing is that you have to stabilize the bottom. If you just put it on your sidewalk, I’m afraid it will tip over.
Cima said children under 12 shouldn’t light fireworks without parental supervision, including sparklers. He suggests firework users wear a pair of safety glasses, shoot fireworks outside on a flat surface and away from people. Finally, use good technique – light the fireworks one by one and move back quickly.
To listen to the full Show Me Today interview with Rob Cima, click below. (20:00)
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