The National Fireworks Association “NFA” is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization (EIN 25-1729049) that was formed in 1995 by the late Cameron Starr, the “Father of the 500 gram firework”. The NFA provides a forum for manufacturers, distributors, exhibitors and the public that enjoys using fireworks for the exchange and dissemination of knowledge and the positive promotion of the fireworks industry in a fair and equitable manner. The NFA’s Board of Directors are working tirelessly to improve the business conditions of the fireworks industry of the United States of America and to preserve the tradition of buying, manufacturing, selling, using and watching fireworks on Independence Day and for other celebrations and holidays.
Cam Starr’s idea was for the NFA to be an association that would fight the big fights for the “little guys” that like fireworks. In fact even today, the NFA “Friend of Fireworks” membership is still only $50.00 per year. However, fighting for an entire industry and their customers is not cheap, especially in Washington, DC. Over the past 18 months, the NFA has become a very significant voice and advocate in the halls of the US Senate, House of Representatives and with the bureaucracies that regulate fireworks. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) are all visited regularly by NFA Executive Director Nancy Blogin and the Board of Directors.
Currently we are faced with a monumental challenge. The CPSC has undertaken a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that proposes the most sweeping changes to how Consumer Fireworks are made in over 40 years. The primary point of debate for the NFA is what is referred to as the “metals ban” which we believe will have a significant negative impact on the ability of fireworks users to obtain the type of aerial fireworks that they’ve grown to use and love. These include the multi-shot cakes and reload-able aerial shells that the public enjoys so much on the 4th of July! These types of Consumer Fireworks represent the largest and most enjoyed product segment in the industry and their existence is being threatened by this proposed rulemaking. Some have even promoted taking fireworks back to where they were 30 years ago and we think that notion is crazy!
The NFA is currently soliciting donations to help us to KEEP AERIAL CONSUMER FIREWORKS AT THE SAME POWER AND QUALITY AS WHAT IS CURRENTLY ALLOWED UNDER EXISTING FEDERAL REGULATIONS. The NFA is asking for nothing more and nothing less, and we need your donations to HELP US SUCCEED IN OUR MISSION.
Please HELP US SAVE YOUR FIREWORKS!
Sincerely, The Board of Directors of the National Fireworks Association