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Expect fewer or smaller fireworks shows this summer

Expect fewer or smaller fireworks shows this summer



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Randall Jeppesen reportingExplosions at a Chinese port earlier this year, along with shipping problems, could mean some Fourth of July celebrations won't have any fireworks.

Trucks of fireworks are being unloaded at the Lantis Fireworks warehouse near Fairfield, Utah.

Lantis Fireworks President Ken Lantis says in China, the port the fireworks ship out of is being closed for the Olympics and only one shipping company now hauls the flammable cargo, so getting the product here is tough.

"The company back east says they are short 30 containers. That's over 700 shows that won't be happening," says Lantis.

Expect fewer or smaller fireworks shows this summer

He says he's already started ordering his fireworks for two and three years down the road to make sure his shows will still light up the summer sky.

The Provo Daily Herald reports the shortage will not extend to the annual Stadium of Fire event.

An explosion is also causing a fireworks shortage. On February 14, a blast at a Chinese port destroyed 20 warehouses full of fireworks. According to the Provo Daily Herald, China provides 90 percent of the world's cherry bombs and sparklers.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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