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Notice of revised regulatory exemption.


The FMCSA announces a revision to the list of member motor carriers of the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) that were granted an exemption from FMCSA's prohibition on driving commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) after the 14th hour after the driver comes on duty, during the periods of June 28-July 8, inclusive, in 2011 and 2012. The exemption covered renewal of 53 APA-member motor carriers and added 9 new APA-member carriers. It allowed drivers of specified carriers who operate CMVs in conjunction with staging fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour period. These drivers continue to be subject to the 11-hour driving time limit and the 60- and 70-hour weekly on-duty limits. This revision, requested by APA, removes 14 APA-member carriers that have either gone out of business or no longer require the exemption.


This revision to the exemption is effective during the period of June 28, 2012, through July 8, 2012, inclusive.


Ms. Christine Hydock, FMCSA Driver and Carrier Operations Division, Office of Bus and Truck Standards and Operations, Telephone: 202-366-4325. Email:



Under 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e), FMCSA may grant an exemption from the HOS requirements in 49 CFR 395.3(a)(2) for up to 2 years if it finds “such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption” (49 U.S.C. 31315(b)(1)).

The initial APA application for waiver or exemption relief from the 14-hour rule was submitted in 2004; a copy of the application is in the docket. That application fully describes the nature of the pyrotechnic operations of the CMV drivers employed by APA-member motor carriers during a typical Independence Day period. The CMV drivers are trained pyrotechnicians and hold commercial driver's licenses with hazardous materials endorsements. They transport fireworks and related equipment by CMV on a very demanding schedule, often to remote locations. After they arrive, the APA drivers are responsible for set-up and staging of the fireworks shows.

In 2011, FMCSA granted an exemption renewal to 53 APA-member motor carriers and added 9 new APA-member carriers (76 FR 37876 and 76 FR 37880, June 28, 2011) for their Independence Day fireworks displays in 2011 and 2012.

APA is currently requesting removal from the 2012 Independence Day exemption of 14 APA-member companies that have either gone out of business or no longer require the exemption. A list of these companies is included as Appendix A and a revised list of the 48 APA-member companies, still covered by the 2012 exemption is included as Appendix B to this notice.

The HOS rules prohibit a property-carrying CMV driver from driving after the 14th hour after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty (49 CFR 395.3(a)(2)). During the periods June 28-July 8, 2012, inclusive, the companies named in Appendix B, and CMV drivers employed by them, will be exempt from section 395.3(a)(2) if they are operating in conjunction with the staging of fireworks shows celebrating Independence Day.

The exemption permits CMV drivers engaged in these operations to exclude off-duty and sleeper-berth time of any length from the calculation of the 14-hour on-duty period. These drivers must continue to obtain 10 consecutive hours off duty prior to the 14-hour period, and observe the 11-hour driving time limit, as well as the 60- and 70-hour on-duty limits. The drivers must comply with all other applicable provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR 390-399). For a full explanation of the terms and conditions of the exemption, see the Federal Register notice published on June 28, 2011 (76 FR 37876-37882).

Issued on: June 21, 2012.

Larry W. Minor,

Associate Administrator for Policy.

Appendix A to the Notice of Revised Regulatory Exemption for the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA)

[Removal of 14 Motor Carriers for a Limited HOS Exemption during the 2012 Independence Day Celebrations]

Motor carrierAddress 1Address 2DOT No.
1. Arrowhead Fireworks Co., Inc3625 Normanna RdDuluth, MN 55803125673
2. Atlas Pyrovision Productions, Inc136 Old Sharon RdJaffrey, NH 03452789777
3. Fireworks Productions of Arizona, Ltd17034 S 54th StreetChandler, AZ 85226948780
4. Ingram Enterprises dba Fireworks over America6597 W Independece DriveSpringfield, MO 658020268419
5. Island Fireworks CompanyN735 825th StHager City, WI 54014414583
6. Jake's Fireworks/Fireworks Spectacular2311 A West 4th StPittsburg, KS 66762449599
7. Johnny Rockets Fireworks Display Co4410 N. HamiltonChicago, IL 606251263181
8. Montana Display Inc9480 Inspiration DriveMissoula, MT 598081030231
9. Rich Brothers Company700 S Marion RdSioux Falls, SD 57106001356
10. Wald & Co., IncPO Box 319Greenwood, MO 64034-0319087079
11. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, USA Inc5700 Maple RoadLake Buena Vista, FL 32830148477
12. Winco Fireworks Int. LLC1992 NW Hwy 50Lone Jack, MO259688
13. Victory Fireworks Inc579 Vincent LaneEllsworth, WI 54011539751
14. Young Explosives CorpP.O. Box 18653Rochester, NY450304

Appendix B to the Notice of Revised Regulatory Exemption for the American Pyrotechnics Association (APA)

[For a Limited HOS Exemption for 48 Motor Carriers during the 2012 Independence Day Celebrations]

Motor carrierAddress 1Address 2DOT No.
1. Alonzo Fireworks Display, Inc12 County Rd 75Mechanicsville, NY 12118420639
2. American Fireworks Company7041 Darrow RoadHudson, OH 44236103972
3. AM Pyrotechnics, LLC2429 East 535th RdBuffalo, MO 656221034961
4. Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics6607 Red Hawk CtMaineville, OH 450392008107
5. Atlas Enterprises Inc6601 Nine Mile Azle RdFort Worth, TX 761350116910
6. B.J. Alan Company555 Martin Luther King, Jr BlvdYoungstown, OH 44502-1102262140
7. Cartwright Fireworks, Inc1608 Keely RoadFranklin, PA 16323882283
8. Central States Fireworks, Inc18034 Kincaid StreetAthens, IL 626131022659
9. Colonial Fireworks Company5225 Telegraph RoadToledo, OH 43612177274
10. East Coast Pyrotechnics, Inc4652 Catawba River RdCatawba, SC 29704545033
11. Entertainment Fireworks, IncP.O. Box 7160Olympia, WA 98507-7160680942
12. Falcon Fireworks3411 Courthouse RoadGuyton, GA 313121037954
13. Fireworks & Stage FX AmericaP.O. Box 488Lakeside, CA 92040908304
14. Fireworks by Grucci, Inc1 Grucci LaneBrookhaven, NY 11719324490
15. Fireworks Extravaganza58 Maple LaneOtisville, NY 109632064141
16. Fireworks West Internationale3200 West 910 NorthLogan, UT 84321245423
17. Garden State Fireworks, Inc383 Carlton RoadMillington, NJ 07946435878
18. Gateway Fireworks DisplaysP.O. Box 39327St Louis, MO 631391325301
19. Global Pyrotechnics Solutions, Inc10476 Sunset DriveDittmer, MO 630231183902
20. Great Lakes Fireworks24805 MarineEastpointe, MI 480211011216
21. Hamburg Fireworks Display Inc4300 Logan Lancaster RdLancaster, OH395079
22. Hi-Tech FX, LLC1135 Ave. IFort Madison, IA 526271549055
23. Hollywood Pyrotechnics, Inc1567 Antler PointEagan, MN 551221061068
24. J&M Displays, Inc18064 170th AveYarmouth, IA 52660377461
25. Kellner's Fireworks Inc478 Old Rte 8Harrisville, PA481553
26. Lantis Productions dba Lantis Fireworks and LasersP.O. Box 491Draper, UT 84202195428
27. Legion Fireworks Co., Inc10 Legion LaneWappingers Falls, NY 12590554391
28. Mad Bomber/Planet ProductionsP.O. Box 294Kingsbury, IN 46345777176
29. North Central Industries, Inc1500 E. WashingtonMuncie, IN 4730500165755
30. Precocious Pyrotechnics, Inc4420-278th Ave NWBelgrade, MN 56312435931
31. Pyro Engineering Inc., dba/Bay Fireworks110 Route 110, Suite 102Huntington Station, NY 11746530262
32. Pyro Shows Inc701 W. Central AveLaFollette, TN 37766456818
33. Pyro Spectacluars, Inc3196 N Locust AveRialto, CA 92376029329
34. Pyro Spectaculars North, Inc5301 Lang AvenueMcClellan, CA 956521671438
35. Pyrotechnic Display, Inc8450 W. St. Francis RdFrankfort, IL 604231929883
36. Pyrotecnico302 Wilson RdNew Castle, PA 16105526749
37. Pyrotecnico of Louisiana, LLC60 West CtMandeville, LA 70471548303
38. Rainbow Fireworks, Inc76 Plum AveInman, KS 675461139643
39. RES Specialty Pyrotechnics21595 286th StBelle Plaine, MN 56011523981
40. Rozzi's Famous Fireworks, Inc11605 North Lebanon RdLoveland, OH 451400483686
41. Skyworks, Ltd13513 W. Carrier RdCarrier, OK 737271421047
42. Spielbauer Fireworks Co, Inc220 Roselawn BlvdGreen Bay, WI 54301046479
43. Stonebraker-Rocky Mountain Fireworks Co5650 Lowell Blvd, Unit EDenver, CO 802210029845
44. Vermont Fireworks Co., Inc./Northstar Fireworks Co., Inc2235 Vermont Route 14 SouthEast Montpelier, VT 05651310632
45. Western Display Fireworks, Ltd10946 S. New Era RdCanby, OR 97013498941
46. Western Enterprises, IncP.O. Box 160Carrier, OK 73727203517
47. Wolverine Fireworks Display, Inc205 W SeidlersKawkawlin, MI376857
48. Zambelli Fireworks MFG, Co., IncP.O. Box 1463New Castle, PA 16103033167

[FR Doc. 2012-15745 Filed 6-26-12; 8:45 am]