This is the time of year we celebrate our freedoms in America with fireworks in the manner predicted by second U.S. President John Adams on July 3, 1776, when he wrote to his wife Abigail and proclaimed that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”


This is the time of year we celebrate our freedoms in America with fireworks in the manner predicted by second U.S. President John Adams on July 3, 1776, when he wrote to his wife Abigail and proclaimed that Independence Day “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade...bonfires and illuminations (fireworks) from one end of this continent to the other, from this day forward forevermore.”

Americans have been celebrating with fireworks better and safer than ever before in America as fireworks-related injuries have plummeted in contrast to a marker increase in the use of pyrotechnic products.

In 1976, Americans used 29 million pounds of consumer fireworks, and in 1976, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 11,100 fireworks-related injuries, which breaks down to 38.3 injuries per 100,000 pounds of consumer fireworks used.

In the short span of 33 years, the use of fireworks in America has increased more than 700 percent while injuries have dropped an amazing 89 percent.

The American Fireworks Standards Laboratory began testing fireworks at the factory level in China in 1994 for compliance with U.S. federal manufacturing and performance standards.

The consumer fireworks industry is justifiably proud of the greatly improved and improving consumer fireworks safety record.

We at Phantom Fireworks ask that each and every American celebrate safely this year when using consumer fireworks and follow all recommended safety rules found at www.fireworks.com.

Some of the more basic safety tips include:
• Fireworks should be handled and fired only by sober adults.
• A ready source of water should be available in case of emergencies.
• Your audience should be a minimum of 30 feet from any ground-based product and 150 feet from any aerial product.
• Use common sense.

Let’s continue the tradition in America suggested by John Adams of celebrating our Independence Day with the modern-day equivalent of illuminations and bonfires — fireworks and cookouts — and do so safely.
Please enjoy the Independence Day holiday with your family and celebrate safely.

William A. Weimer
Vice President
Phantom Fireworks
Youngstown, Ohio