Good Question - Leftover Fireworks

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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July 1, 2010

You may have noticed a population explosion of fireworks tents. They seem to be everywhere.

A viewer asks, there is no way all of those firecrackers will be sold by July 5th, so what happens to all of the leftovers? Good question.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like there are more firecracker tents this year than ever before.

Maybe it’s the new Sedgwick County ordinance that, for the first time in 30 years allows fireworks to be shot in un-incorporated areas of the county.

Or maybe it’s that fireworks is big business!

The value of fireworks imported from China to the U.S. in 2007 - $207 million.

There must be millions of firecrackers for sale in Sedgwick County alone. A viewer wanted to know “What do businesses do with the fireworks they don’t sell?”

After July 5th, they have to wait another year to sell them in Sedgwick County. The answer is, the fireworks that don’t sell are simply stored away and put back on the shelf next year.

Fireworks have a long shelf life, many years for some. Some places resale fireworks that are at least 3-years-old. So, the next tome you see a firecracker on the shelf that looks like it was made years ago, it probably was.


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