It’s going to cost you more to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, reports Madeleine Wright for CBS 3.
“They’ve gone up, probably, in the neighborhood of 10 to 15% this year, over last year’s increase, which is probably another 10%,” says Skip Clinton, managing operator at Wholesale Fireworks in Boothwyn. “So, in the last couple of years, you’re talking about 25%.”
The usual suspects? Inflation and supply chain problems.
Those planning their own firework displays aren’t letting inflation or higher prices stop them.
“Inflation kind of plays a back seat to the memories you can make by the kids’ reaction by seeing the fireworks go up,” D.J. Rhodes, a customer, said.
In Pennsylvania, class C fireworks, like firecrackers, roman candles and bottle rockets, are legal for consumers to buy, but they can’t be used within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
“Some of those larger display fireworks do require a permit to be issued from your municipality,” Lt. Adam Reed from the Pennsylvania State Police said.
Plus, each municipality may have its own fireworks regulations.
At Wholesale Fireworks, Excalibur Artillery Shells are popular with customers.
Law enforcement recommends leaving fireworks to the professionals.
Read more at CBS 3 about the higher costs of fireworks.