Guess where most July 4th fireworks are made (Hint: Not America)

July 5, 2014 

A fireworks stand on Illinois 4 in Lebanon.

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Ah, Independence Day fireworks: What could be more ... Chinese?

Yep, despite strong "Buy American" sentiments in other fields (the US military must fly made-in-America flags, for example), China still manufactures at least 98% of consumer fireworks and 75% of "display" fireworks (for big shows) sold in America, Politico reports.

The US needs them because fireworks production is "very, very labor-intensive," says a pyrotechnics expert. "Basically everything is still made by hand." What's more, she says, US safety and environmental regulations would make home-made fireworks about 10 times costlier for consumers.

Read more about fireworks here.

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