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Independence Day brings firework regulations

While fireworks have to pass through a gauntlet of federal and state regulations before lighting up the skies, it’s the rules governing shipments that have the industry most concerned.

"We rely on intermodal transportation," said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association. She noted that most fireworks are now imported from countries like China, Japan and Italy.

"Without transport, we can't do anything,” she said.

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