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Apr 18th 2023

Fireworks 101: Display Fireworks vs. Consumer Fireworks

Fireworks 101: Display Fireworks vs. Consumer Fireworks

Hey there, fellow pyromaniacs and fireworks enthusiasts! With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to celebrate in style. But before you go all out with your firework display, let’s talk about safety and security. Because let's face it, no one wants to ruin their holiday with an explosive accident.

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Now, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has some guidelines that you should follow when it comes to fireworks. There are two categories of fireworks: “display fireworks” and “consumer fireworks.” Display fireworks are the big, fancy ones that are typically used in public shows, and they’re under the supervision of trained professionals. If you want to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in display fireworks, you’ll need to obtain a Federal explosives license or permit from the ATF.

On the other hand, consumer fireworks are the smaller (but still powerful) ones, that are sold at Red Apple Fireworks, not only for Independence Day, but year round. Now, while the ATF doesn’t regulate the importation, distribution, or storage of these fireworks, other federal, state, and local agencies do regulate them to varying degrees. That’s because consumer fireworks contain pyrotechnic compositions that are classified as explosive materials, and manufacturing them requires a federal explosives license from the ATF.

But wait, there’s more! Unfortunately, there are illegal explosives out there that pose a significant risk for injury. Homemade explosives, like M-80s, M-100s, quarter sticks, cherry bombs, and silver salutes, are often made by people who lack knowledge and experience in manufacturing fireworks. These devices are considered illegal by most law enforcement agencies because they exceed safety limits and haven't been tested and evaluated properly. Plus, they often have a coating of explosive dust, which can be incredibly dangerous. Friction, heat, or being bumped can cause them to detonate, which could lead to serious injury or death.

So, how can you tell if a device is an illegal explosive? Well, there are some indicators to look out for. If it looks like a roll of coins with a fuse, it’s likely illegal. If it’s a cardboard tube or an oddly shaped item wrapped in brown paper and filled with explosive material, it’s probably illegal. Also, if it’s red, silver, or brown in color and 1 to 6 inches long, it’s likely illegal. And if someone is trying to sell it on the street or out of the back of their vehicle, it's almost definitely illegal.

While consumer fireworks may not be as powerful as their display counterparts, that doesn't mean they can't pack a punch. In fact, there are some Red Apple consumer fireworks that have been mistaken as display fireworks because of how amazing they preform. With a wide range of products, from the classic sparklers and fountains to the more complex aerial displays, Red Apple Fireworks definitely delivers on the wow factor. Our fireworks are known for their vibrant colors, loud booms, and eye-catching effects that can light up the sky and leave you in awe. So, if you're looking to put on a memorable fireworks show this Fourth of July, Red Apple Fireworks is definitely the way to go. Just remember to follow all safety guidelines and regulations, and have a blast!

In conclusion, let's have a fun and safe Fourth of July by following the rules and regulations around fireworks. Let's enjoy the beauty of fireworks without putting ourselves or others at risk. Remember, if you suspect any illegal fireworks or explosive devices, report them to local law enforcement or the ATF hotline at 1-888-ATF-BOMB. Happy Fourth of July!


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