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For hundreds of years, fireworks have been used for celebration and entertainment, especially in eastern Asia and Japan. The desire for fireworks spread to the United States, and they now are common on New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, and other special celebrations.

In this country, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has classified fireworks into two general categories: 1.4g fireworks, or consumer fireworks, and 1.3g fireworks, or display fireworks. Novelty devices, such as toy caps, are not in either category.

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