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.READ MORE: Jewish Communities Around Greater Pittsburgh Come Together To Celebrate Hanukkah
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.
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.READ MORE: What Do You Need To Know About The New COVID Variant Omicron?
“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.”MORE NEWS: Police Investigating After Body Found In Vacant Lot In Washington
Andy Sheehan: Don’t try this at home.
Chief Brown: Absolutely.