Authorities are seeking information regarding the recent theft of $40,000 worth of consumer grade fireworks from Phantom Fireworks in Bloomingburg.
Investigators from the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau said that on Friday, June 24 at 1:30 a.m., suspects arrived in multiple vehicles at Phantom Fireworks, 12973 Route 38 northeast. It is believed that they then cut through a fence to gain access to the property and then cut through the semi-trailer used to store the fireworks.
The investigation is being conducted in conjunction with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, similar incidents have occurred in Pennsylvania and Florida. Also, a robbery attempt was made at the Chillicothe Fireworks store.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by Phantom Fireworks for information leading to the identification of the individuals responsible for the theft.
“We need your help to solve this case,” said State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers. “Information from the public can help tremendously. Even if you don’t think the information is relevant, it could bring the entire case together for our investigators.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728 or the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 740-335-6170.
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