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Published July 02, 2012, 12:00 AM

Fireworks Business Owner


In this Thursday, June 28, 2012 photo, Paul Forman, owner of Independence Fireworks and Forman Blasters Pyrotechnics in Peru, Ind., poses in his store. Forman says he understands the safety concerns but says his countyĆ­s decision to declare a disaster emergency has devastated his business. Four customers had already called off fireworks shows this week, and he anticipated more cancellations before the holiday. He said his business had dropped from around 50 customers a day to a total of 11 since the ban went into effect June 25. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Read the article: For Parts of the Nation, a Fireworks-free Fourth