Fireworks manufacturers say the July 4th displays being staged across country are happening in the face of government regulations that make selling the products an ordeal.

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 the industry says have become the most painful to comply with.

“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.

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