Booming Business: Fireworks sales skyrocket in Philly region

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Fireworks sales have skyrocketed in the Philadelphia region.

"Business is booming." That's how Marielle LaMonica at All American Fireworks in Bensalem Township, Bucks County describes the last few weeks.

"Sales have gone up ever since Memorial Day and the pandemic, and people are just wanting to be outside and see some fireworks," said LaMonica.

Some fireworks companies are seeing an almost 400% increase in sales. All American Fireworks says the most popular items are Roman candles and missiles.



LaMonica said every time they restock the items, they fly off of the shelves.

"I'm not surprised," said one customer. "You don't have anything to do, let's get some fireworks and light them off."

Since May 29, Philadelphia police have responded to 947 calls about fireworks or explosives.

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Some fireworks companies are seeing an almost 400% increase in sales. All American Fireworks in Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania says the most popular items are Roman candles and missiles.



Bristol Township police are warning residents that displays must be more than 150 feet away from occupied structures.

"For the people that set off just a couple of fireworks and leave them alone, they're difficult to catch, but for the people doing it with some continuity, we will cite people," said Lt. Ralph Johnson.



Boxes and other litter linger along Kelly Drive where residents have set off fireworks.

It's no secret the noise has been a nightly nuisance for weeks.

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Over the past couple of weeks, police have responded to 137 reports of explosions.



"A lot of people get grumpy about what's going on," said customer Jason N. Peters. "People are having fun. I would hate if I had kids, but I don't, so it's not that bad for me."

State lawmakers are considering time restrictions and increased fines and penalties for those using fireworks.
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