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Supply chain issues, rising prices affecting fireworks

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GREEN BAY, WI (AP)— Supply chain issues and climbing prices are affecting the availability of fireworks as the Fourth of July holiday approaches.

Patrick Spielbauer is the president of Spielbauer Fireworks, a third-generation fireworks company in Green Bay. Spielbauer says they've received about 20 to 25 percent of what they should have gotten primarily from China. He says due to inflation, there are rising costs associated with raw materials, labor, shipping, and insurance. And since COVID 19, the supply chain has been disrupted and the shipping from China has been trickling down.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumers will spend about $2.3 billion on fireworks this Fourth of July.