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Don Wolford of Altoona shops at Brumbaugh Fireworks on a recent afternoon.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Just as John Adams predicted in 1776, Americans celebrate the Independence Day holiday with “bonfires and illuminations,” said William Weimer, vice president of Youngstown, Ohio-based Phantom Fireworks.

“Illuminations,” or fireworks as they’re known today, have been providing exciting, clean family entertainment for many years, he said.

“Every celebration is taken to the next level with a fireworks display,” said Kevin Shaub, owner of Lancaster-based Keystone Fireworks.

For those who haven’t used backyard fireworks recently, they will be amazed at how user-friendly they are and how impressive the effects can be, Shaub said, noting that “July Fourth just isn’t complete without…

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