Since COVID-19 took events away from us, people have been going wild with the fireworks. So wild that there’s a shortage of fireworks these days.
According to CNN, quarantine has sparked an increase in firework sales–particularly sparklers and firecrackers–and sales have more than doubled. With the product coming from China, which supplies more than 90% of the world’s fireworks and China not able to produce this year because of COVID-19, “industry leaders expect a supply shortage in coming days.
“Traditionally, there are 16,000 Independence Day shows across this nation,” Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association, said. “And we’re probably looking at about 10% max going forward.”
Firework sales are up 115%, compared to 2019. According to CNN, “Zoldan said his company was weighing a bankruptcy filing because he didn’t think he could sell any fireworks. Now, Zoldan, whose consumer fireworks company is among the largest in the United States, said he could play soccer in his 1.2 million square foot distribution center, which was completely full four weeks ago.”
With the increase in demand, it’s believed that by July 5th there will be a shortage of fireworks.
“I think by July 5th, there probably will not be very many fireworks available in the United States until China can start producing again and shipping here,” Zoldan said.
Given that beaches are closed, weddings, festivals, and concerts are canceled, what else is there to do?
Be safe with those fireworks, Roomies!
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