In Spartansburg, S.C., a man has just received multiple charges for selling illegal homemade fireworks. The man was caught after investigators went to the man and bought his homemade fireworks. During the investigation, thousands of dollars worth of homemade fireworks were discovered. There were people who were buying the fireworks from 38 year old Steven Escudero, during the past three months.
According to the WYFF4.com news report, kids were buying the illegal fireworks from Steven. He sold the fireworks to children who were using them to blow up objects and mailboxes. The kids were how the investigators found Steven. He has been charged with unlawful storage of fireworks, possession on unlabeled fireworks, possession of fireworks in excess of 2 grains of explosives, and two counts of unlawful sale.
According to WYFF4.com, a neighbor Catt Alexander said “It makes me angry because my life was in danger.” Catt lives right next to Steven, and only a wall separated Catt from the illegal fireworks.
Based on a wnep.com report, New Jersey is cracking down on illegal fireworks. New Jersey State Police are looking for people who purchase fireworks out of state and bring them back to New Jersey. The State Police will be keeping a close eye on the border from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. They will try to keep fireworks that are bought in Pennsylvania, from coming into the state of New Jersey. The police promise to get offenders who try to bring in illegal fireworks.
According to wnep.com, Martrelle Harvin said “I would be scared to do it because I think you know, I think you could get caught, especially if you’re doing too much.” Another person, Cathy Davis from Scranton said, “That’s kind of interesting for me because I didn’t know that they had it illegal there, can come here and buy them legally and then they take them back there and it’s illegal. So I think people need to be informed about what they actually can do no matter where you live.”
A person who sells fireworks, Ken Schuchman, according to the wnep.com report said fireworks should be legal as long as they are used safely. Ken owns the Fireworks Outlet Superstore that is in Tannersville near Route 611. Safety is very important when using fireworks.
Many fireworks reach hundreds or thousands of degrees, and can cause serious burns. It is a good idea to keep buckets of water nearby, with legal fireworks that are being used. If an accident happens, be sure to get help immediately. Fireworks can cause permanent burns to your skin. The best thing you can do this fourth of July is to not purchase any “at home fireworks” at all. Just by going to a local fireworks event, should be much safer for you and your family.
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