The U.S. Census Bureau estimates over 24,000 people lived in New Castle, Pa. in 2006. This city is very close to my hometown of New Wilmington in western Pennsylvania. It's where my mother grew up, where I took dance lessons, ate Coney Island hot dogs, and of course- ate great Italian food.
According to the tourism website http://www.visitlawrencecounty.com New Castle is an old city that prospered with many mills back in the late 1800s and early 1900s but then suffered from the Great Depression and the loss of industry. It has survived but there are only remnants now of what it was like in its heyday.
Whenever I go home I often see the display in honor of one of the city's claim to fame's as well as t-shirts that say "The Fireworks Capital of America- New Castle, Pa." Yes this city you may have never heard of is famous for the fireworks companies which came out of it in the 1800s. Zambelli Fireworks Internationale and Pyrotechnico are credited with giving New Castle this title. Pyrotechnico was once the largest producer of fireworks in the world, according to the site.
So something this big that many will see on the Fourth of July across the nation could be coming from this little city that started it all.
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