Important Information About SBA Loans Related to COVID-19

We want to remind you that there are opportunities now, through the U.S. Small Business Administration to get the financing you need as you begin your operations for the upcoming season. 
It’s important for you to act urgently. The loan programs that were passed as part of the CARES Act last week by the Congress and signed into law by the President are first come, first served. That means if you wait, you may miss out on opportunities. 
There are three primary loan programs available to you: 1.The SBA 7(a) loan program 2.The SBA’s economic injury disaster loan (EIDL) program 3.The newly created Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). 
Of course, you can find all of the information on these programs from the CARES Act on our Save Our Fireworks website by clicking here.
SBA 7(a) Loans
The 7 (a) loan program is the primary SBA loan program for providing assistance to small businesses like fireworks importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers. You can learn more about the SBA 7(a) loan pro…

Washington Update on COVID-19

As we continue to monitor the latest developments on COVID-19, there are two important updates today that we wanted to pass along your way. First, the IRS today expanded the deadline for tax filing to July 15 from the traditional date of April 15. Second, the Senate is poised to vote on Phase Three of Relief which has tax provisions and relief for small businesses across our country – including our industry. More on that below.

We are working with our team in Washington to give you the most comprehensive updates and provide you with all of the necessary resources as we navigate these turbulent times. Please continue to watch your inbox and check our advocacy website, for the latest links and information that can be relevant to you. Of course, you can also find current information on our social media platforms on Facebook and following the NFA on Twitter at @NFASafety.

Yesterday, we posted on our website the latest information from the U.S. Small Business Adminis…


WASHINGTON – The National Fireworks Association (NFA) President Steve Houser today released the following statement after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted down the staff package on a proposed rule to amend current fireworks regulations:
“The NFA is pleased that the commission recognized the deficiencies that were in the proposed rule and chose not to implement them.
“We are very happy they saw the flaws pertaining to the powdered metals portion.  There was no data to show that the rule would have led to safer products.   In fact some data showed that the rule could have potentially led to a more energetic and explosive product.
“Aside from the powdered metals, the NFA supported the other provisions of the proposed rule.  Today’s vote indicates that there is still work to be done.  The NFA is wholly committed to the safety of the public and the safe use of our products.
“To Commissioner Baiocco’s point this morning, our industry needs to come together to de…

National Fireworks Association Elects New President

Steve Houser, President of Crazy Debbies Fireworks, LLC Elected President
Branson, MO – The nation’s leading trade association of fireworks professionals, the National Fireworks Association (NFA) today announced Steve Houser, President of Crazy Debbies Fireworks, LLC was elected as its new President.
Houser replaces Don Lantis of Lantis Fireworks who previously served multiple times as NFA President and has been a long-time board member.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to serve the NFA and our members as President,” said Houser. “Together, there is nothing that the NFA and our members can’t accomplish and I’m thankful for the confidence of our members as we move through a challenging time for our industry.”
Houser has been the NFA’s champion in Washington leading the organization’s advocacy efforts to push for changes to proposed regulation that would drastically affect the fireworks industry.
Also elected to the board; replacing Houser as Secretary; was Scott Smith, Founder and President …

Product Safety Letter: Fireworks Group Gives CPSC Three Proposals on Rulemaking

From the Product Safety Letter:
"The National Fireworks Association (NFA) August 23 promoted three ideas it presented to CPSC members the week before. They regard the 2016 rulemaking proposal that aimed to address issues like burst charges, chemical compositions, pyrotechnic weights, device bases, and others. Many were uncontroversial, but provisions targeting fine mesh metals in burst charges garnered the most opposition from some stakeholders like NFA.
That group's three ideas – which it called "common sense compromise we can all support" – involved: Eliminating the metals provision. It pointed to test data it had submitted last year and which it said showed powders that would be compliant with CPSC's proposal had more burst energy than those that would be banned.
Getting rid of the "ear test" – the method of listening for a "poof" versus a "bang" for deciding if a device is meant to produce audible effects.
Adopting pyrotechnic compos…

Fireworks Bridgade Special Report: Save Our Fireworks

In the most recent podcast of theFireworks Brigade, Johnny Starr and Ron the Banker talked with Secretary of National Fireworks Association Steve Houser following a day of meetings with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to propose a compromise that would eliminate the ear test and the powdered metals portions of the proposed regulation and move to using pyrotechnic composition weight limits. 

Here is a summary of what the NFA proposed:

·Eliminate the metals provision from proposed regulation. Last year, NFA commissioned a third-party test by a DOT-certified explosives lab that showed a burst charge with an allowance of up to 12.5 percent powdered metals would generate less energy than a burst charge created with hybrid powders that already exist and would be compliant under the proposed CPSC regulation of zero powdered metal. This test showed focusing on powdered metals is an incorrect way to measure safety.
·Eliminate the ear test. The ear test is subjective and is not a pr…

NFA Meets with CPSC; Offers Compromise on Proposed Regulations to Consumer Fireworks

WASHINGTON – The National Fireworks Association (NFA) board yesterday met with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Commissioners and staff to present the solution that industry should and must support to safeguard consumer fireworks and their safety.
The NFA advocated eliminating the powdered metals ban provision of the CPSC’s proposed regulation and the “ear test” by focusing on pyrotechnic composition weight and other recommendations proposed by the CPSC to determine regulatory compliance.Pyrotechnic composition weight is a proven and scientific method that can be easily measured and consistently applied to consumer fireworks. 
This proposal has been widely accepted by consumer fireworks industry stakeholders and will remain a constant while news technologies emerge, and industry innovates its products. 
“We want to thank the Commissioners and their staff for taking the time to meet with NFA. After years of advocacy, we believe this is a common sense compromise we can all support…