On Independence Day, many Americans will gather to watch dazzling fireworks displays. Perhaps the most spectacular shows will be in Missouri, where residents spend more to import firecrackers than those in any other U.S. state. According to new data from ValuePenguin, pulled from the U.S. trade census, Missouri residents spend an annual $42.3 million, or about $6.94 per person.
Nebraska and Kansas take second and third place, respectively, with residents spending $5.86 and $4.21 per capita on pyrotechnics.
"The United States imported about $279,966,624 worth of fireworks last year in total," reports ValuePenguin, nearly all of them from China. Most states average less than $3 per person per year spent on fireworks. However, a few spend significantly more, as you can see on the map above: Residents in the states shaded dark blue all spend amounts ranging from $3.50 to nearly $7 a person.
Here's a closer look at how much residents spend in each U.S. state.
ValuePenguin also finds that firework-related injuries peak around Independence Day. "There are an estimated 3,000 ER visits due to firework-related injuries every Fourth of July," the report states, and "the majority 17.1 percent of these injuries happen to children ages 5 to 10 years."
To stay safe, be sure to wear proper safety equipment, never relight rockets that don't work and dispose of all fireworks properly.
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