PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Fourth is almost here and do-it-yourself pyrotechnic enthusiasts are stocking up.

It’s the second year since legalization of most of these products and Anthony Forbes is loading up his cart with $800 dollars worth of once-illegal fireworks.

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KDKA’s Andy Sheehan: It’s quite a bit of stuff here.
Anthony Forbes: Yeah, well they like the colorful stuff and we usually have a pretty good crowd in our house.

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Pyrotechnic fireworks are now legal in Pennsylvania and that means bumper business at places like Phantom Fireworks in Monroeville, but it’s also a concern to fire officials.

It used to be you could only buy glorified sparkler products in Pennsylvania, but now firecrackers, roman candles, bottle rockets and fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material are legal.

And last year, Allegheny County Fire Chief Matt Brown saw an uptick in incidents.

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“I’m certain that there were additional fires and injuries. I know nationally there are about sixteen thousand injuries every Fourth of July related to fireworks.”

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Some of these products shoot fireballs 150 feet in the air and Phantom Fireworks urges safety.

But Chief Brown has other advice.

“There are a lot of fantastic, commercially, professionally provided fireworks show,” he says.

“I would highly recommend attending one of those.”

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Andy Sheehan: Don’t try this at home.
Chief Brown: Absolutely.