CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) — Fireworks costs have risen about 35%, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association.
The trade group attributes the rising costs to higher prices for supplies, shipping, insurance and labor. Data shows Americans used 428.8 million pounds of fireworks in 2021, a 57% increase since the pandemic began.
Sheila Greenlee, who is a manager at Cornellier Fireworks in Marion, said it’s becoming more common to see multiple families buying fireworks for their own party. She said these customers create a boost in sales because they also sometimes use these fireworks before the 4th of July.
“After seeing what this product does, they end up using it before [the fourth]“, said Greenlee.
She also said the prices for fireworks at her stand were a few dollars higher. Greenlee said the increase came from higher shipping prices from China.
John Redman, who bought fireworks, said he hadn’t paid much attention to the higher prices. He said his main goal was to get fireworks to celebrate the holidays.
“There is a limit,” Redman said. “But, yeah, as long as I keep it under a limit that I have for myself, I’m fine.”
The increase in fireworks use comes as US Consumer Product Safety Commission said they have seen an increase in fireworks-related injuries. Over a 15-year period, injuries from fireworks have increased by 25%.
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