This July 4, the rockets’ red glare requires lots of red tape – IOTW Report

This July 4, the rockets’ red glare requires lots of red tape


WaTimes- What is it with the bureaucrats and our celebrations?

They’re “completely insane” over fireworks, according to the pyrotechnic industry, after bureaucrats issued pre-Fourth of July warnings claiming that fireworks are dangerous pollutants.

There’s plenty of red, white and blue this Independence Day — especially the red tape. Federal regulations govern the import, testing, shipping, sales and displays of firecrackers, Roman candles, bottle rockets, fountains, sparklers and all the rest.

The Obama administrationEPA argues that fireworks contribute to air pollution — but they’ve got a regulation pending about that. Meantime, communities must ask the Environmental Protection Agency to grant an “exceptional event” waiver when smoke from a public fireworks display drifts near an air-quality monitoring station. Without the waiver, the community could be penalized for polluted air. Never mind that fireworks on the Fourth is a cherished tradition.

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11 Comments on This July 4, the rockets’ red glare requires lots of red tape

  1. I’m going to have a wonderful time celebrating Independence Day with friends at a cook out, and there will be spectacular fire works.

    By this time next year the bums in the white hut and their cronies will be packing.

    heh no pun intended.

  2. We used to play with “two-inchers” that could blow your fingers off. Oh how I loved those days.

  3. They can’t trust us to have fun with anything.

    We’ll need a constitutional amendment giving us the right to shoot off fireworks on the 4th and other special occasions before they (the leftist scolds) will give up trying to limit our enjoyment of things that go Whoosh….BOOM!

  4. Our state is only sparklers. But they don’t inforce the law so it sounds like a war movie 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the forth. The real fun is the M80’s at 3 in the morning.

  5. Every year the authorities make it harder and harder to obtain fireworks. So – what do people do when they want to make noise and can’t get their hands on things designed to harmlessly fulfill that purpose? You got it: they drag out their pistols, rifles, shotguns, and everything else short of crew-served weapons, and cut loose – usually into the air! Last New Year’s Eve I was nervous about even going out on my front porch.

    The idiots writing laws and regulations need to read up on a little phenomenon called the “Law of Unintended Consequences”.

  6. Yes, because we’ve got one guaranteeing our right to keep and bear arms, and it really made the Left give up attempts to take our guns away, didn’t it?

    I mean, didn’t it…?

  7. This is when you know the EPA has outlived its usefulness!

  8. My wife and I flew in yesterday for this event. Anyone else here.
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is getting ready for the “Big Bang Event” Saturday.

    More than 20,000 people are expected to be in attendance to watch the largest firework in the U.S. be shot off at Longview Lake.

    The 24” shell weighs more than 150 pounds and is expected to go 1,800 to 2,000 feet in the air.

    When it comes back down it is expected to look like a weeping willow tree that is 2,500 feet wide.

    One of the people constructing the shell told FOX 4’s Rob Collins that the boom is expected to be so large that it will shake cars hard enough to set off their alarms.

  9. Wow. Just wow. Wish I could be there. Maybe there’ll be some videos online later.

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