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CBP Cincinnati Works to Ensure Safe Fireworks for Fourth of July Celebrations

Release Date: 
June 30, 2011

Cincinnati - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working in Cincinnati are busy this time of year ensuring that all imports of fireworks are safe for summer and holiday celebrations. CBP officers work with many government agencies including the Consumer Product Safety Commission; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and Department of Transportation to review shipping information and examine firework shipments for safety and compliance with state and federal laws. Through these diligent and coordinated efforts, CBP in Cincinnati is working to improve the compliance of imported fireworks shipments.

Large shipment of fireworks in Cincinnati.

CBP Officers in Cincinnati are working with Department of Transportation officials to determine compliance of this large shipment of fireworks.

"The safety of our imports is a priority for CBP. That is why at this time of year, our officers partner with other government agencies in the interception of these dangerous illegal fireworks that can severely injure consumers," said David Murphy, CBP Chicago Director of Field Operations. We want everyone to enjoy their summer celebrations and have a fun and safe Fourth of July."

Imported shipments of fireworks have a certain classification and numeric identifiers. CBP officers process imports of fireworks by inspection of the shipment, examination of the documentation and verification of correct classification, and proper "EX" identification numbers on the packaging. If importing "display fireworks," an importer must secure an ATF importer license or permit. Interagency training assists CBP officers in verification of legitimate shipments and offers additional resources through various agency referrals.

In past years, CBP officers in Cincinnati were involved in several significant seizures of firework shipments that failed to meet DOT regulations. Another former seizure led to an investigation which resulted in jail time for a firework distributor. Past violators have failed to label fireworks, used expired identification numbers or used numbers that did not identify the import. These practices violate federal laws 49 CFR 171.2 and 49 CFR 173.56 which relate to the unlawful transportation of hazardous materials and explosives.

For additional guidance, please visit the CBP, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Web sites. (CBP)(PHMSA)(ATF)(CPSC)

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017