NFA Writes to Secretary Pete Buttigieg Asking to Unload Our Ports

Industry Warns of “ Very Real Possibility” of a Fourth Without Fireworks WASHINGTON –  The National Fireworks Association (NFA) yesterday sent a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg calling attention to the problems facing the transportation, logistics and supply chain of our nation’s consumer fireworks industry.  After signing the American Rescue Plan, President Biden addressed Americans in prime time and gave them hope that they could begin resuming to normalcy with small gatherings of friends and families by the Fourth of July. But the grave reality is that if many Americans expect to gather on the Fourth of July and celebrate our nation’s birthday with fireworks, as they normally would, they may be sorely disappointed.  “The pandemic has thrown the world’s transportation network into total chaos creating obstacles at every turn,”  NFA President Steve Houser and over 1,300 NFA members, fireworks company owners and employees wrote to the Department of Trans

NFA Promotes Consumer Choice in Connecticut

This week, Connecticut was next on the list of state legislatures considering a bill that would expand consumer’s choice of available fireworks . Specifically, this bill would increase the variety of devices sold in Connecticut greater than what is currently allowed. Presently, the only thing allowed to be sold is sparklers and fountains.  There are some provisions of the bill that the NFA doesn’t agree with – specifically the provision that sales need to be done at a brick-and-mortar location. We believe that could severely limit the ability for small fireworks businesses and groups like Veterans organizations, Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) and school booster clubs from selling fireworks to raise money at tents and roadside stands. However, this bill has been written in compliance with the Connecticut Building Code and State Fire Prevention Code. To change that would take more work in a separate effort. Regardless of this specific provision, we applaud Representative Wood for ta

NFA Position Paper on China's 30mm Policy

National Fireworks Association (NFA) President Steve Houser, sent the following letter to the NFA membership outlining NFA's position on recent developments concerning the new 30 mm policy in China. You can read Houser's letter below:

NFA Shares Concerns with Congress about China's New 30mm Policy

The following letter on the China's 30 mm policy was sent to the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation Ranking, Congressman Member Sam Graves (R-MO) and Congressman Rick Crawford, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The same letter was also sent to Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) who is the Chairman fo the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), who is the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety.  These four elected officials sit in positions of enormous consequence to the NFA on this issue and their committees that they lead help insure the safe and timely transportation of commerce through United States.   NFA also sent the letter to:   Senator Jerry Moran, who serves as the Chairman of the Seante Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science and Related Agencies which is the committee that oversees the budget for the Consume

The National Fireworks Association Reminds Americans to #ShootSafely this Fourth of July

KANSAS CITY, Mo –  With consumer fireworks sales across the country far outpacing previous years, the National Fireworks Association (NFA), the nation’s leading advocates for consumer fireworks, released safety tips to help ensure Americans shoot safely while celebrating our nation’s birthday.    COVID-19 is playing a big role in how Americans are celebrating Independence Day. After socially distancing for the past few months, Americans are anxious to celebrate. With large professional fireworks displays being canceled around the country and the Fourth of July falling on a weekend, more Americans are choosing to celebrate with consumer fireworks because they can still come together with friends and neighbors while being socially distanced.  “With our country opening back up, Americans want to celebrate the Fourth of July and express their patriotism with friends and family,”  said Steve Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association.   “We want to make sure w

Senator Rounds Resolution on Fireworks Applauded by NFA

  Resolution Supporting Fireworks Has Now Been Introduced in Both Houses of Congress WASHINGTON –  With less than two weeks before fireworks illuminate the skies over Mount Rushmore, the National Fireworks Association (NFA) today applauded South Dakota  Senator Mike Rounds for introducing in the United States Senate, a resolution  promoting the patriotic contributions and economic impacts of the small businesses that import, distribute, sell and shoot off consumer fireworks.  In May, Congressman Dusty Johnson of South Dakota led the effort to recognize the consumer fireworks industry by introducing the  resolution  in the United States House of Representatives.  Mount Rushmore, in Round’s home state, will be the focal point of our nation’s birthday celebration this year with fireworks planned to be shot high above the nation’s Shrine of Democracy for the first time in over a decade.  “The family-run, job-creating small businesses in our industry are thankful to

RELEASE: NFA Salutes Congressman Dusty Johnson’s Congressional Resolution to Save The Fourth

WASHINGTON –  The National Fireworks Association (NFA) today thanked Congressman Dusty Johnson (R-SD) for introducing a  resolution  recognizing the economic impact of the firework industry and the industry’s contributions in promoting patriotism throughout the country, and especially on our Nation’s Independence Day.  The resolution recognizes the historic importance of the nation’s fireworks industry and the role it plays in bringing communities together and lifting our nation’s psyche; supports the commitment to bring fireworks back to Mount Rushmore; and urges cities and towns across the country to reconsider postponing or canceling Fourth of July celebrations.   "We're thankful to Congressman Johnson for championing the fireworks industry and working to save the Fourth,”  said Steve Houser, President of the National Fireworks Association.  “We're job creators who work in a hyper-seasonal industry and create over a billion dollars in economic impact for our