As fireworks prices rise, major distributor works to target cost and safety

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — As many people prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, the fireworks industry is bracing for a pricing challenge that affects almost everything from groceries to gasoline.

“The supply chain has become a little clearer. There are many more fireworks available. We still encourage people to shop early, and inflation has hit the fireworks,” Sherry Simmons said.

Simmons is a spokesperson for TNT Fireworks, a major distributor of fireworks in the United States.

“TNT is working to mitigate the impact of inflation and make products affordable at all prices. There are also various special offers,” Simmons explained.

In accordance with American Pyrotechnics Associationtotal spending across the fireworks industry increased by more than 35 percent.

This includes the cost of supplies and raw materials, shipping and handling to name a few.

While there’s a big focus on the bottom line, Simmons said TNT Fireworks also focuses on keeping people safe and not starting fires.

“We have a campaign this year to give your fireworks a bath. It’s basically soaking fireworks in water for at least an hour for smaller sparklers and similar parts. Night for your bigger fireworks,” Simmons said.

TNT has stands and fireworks all over the country, so Simmons said only buy fireworks that are allowed in your state.

As fireworks prices rise, major distributor works to target cost and safety

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