Bomb Squad Needed to Diffuse Illegal Fireworks Display, Cops Say

Mansfield Twp. man set up thousands of dollars worth explosives, given summons for possession of illegal fireworks, police responded.

Photo Courtesy Mansfield Township Police
Photo Courtesy Mansfield Township Police

Rather than the sound of fireworks blasting into the air on July 4, one Mansfield Township man heard sirens.

Mansfield Township police were patrolling Riva Drive at 10 p.m. on Independence Day when they came upon a large group of individuals standing in a parking lot, police said.

The officers then found a “large quantity” of illegal assorted fireworks set on the pavement, connected by fuses and ready to be lit, police said. An investigation revealed Christopher Rosequist, 32, of Mansfield Township, was the owner of the fireworks, police said.

Due to the large quantity of fireworks – an estimated retail price of $2,000 to $3,000 – the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad was required to take possession of the goods, police said.

Rosequist was issued a summons and released. 

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Mr X July 07, 2014 at 09:10 AM
busting people for possession of fireworks is idiotic. Why do we even have a law against it? Knee - jerk reaction to idiots who don't know how to properly handle fireworks, making responsible people suffer...and another revenue grab for towns by issuing fines because they know people will defy the law and shoot off fireworks anyway. If it's one good thing the cops have done in recent years, its turn a blind eye to someone just having a little fun in the summer and lighting a few Roman candles or a mortar or two. You're really not hurting anyone, and as long as you follow instructions and don't go late into the night, it shouldn't bother anyone. $1000 worth is a little much but if he's doing it at an appropriate time, following safety guidelines, and doing it at an appropriate time of the evening who cares? screw permits, it's just another way to get money out of you for doing something fun
Enough already July 07, 2014 at 10:05 AM
He wasn't on his own property and this was more than a few Roman candles. Do you have any idea how many people call the police regarding fireworks? Glad this guy got tagged.
Forhonor July 07, 2014 at 06:11 PM
What parking lot? Looks like a nice stash but if some of them had landed on a retail building it could have caused a ton of damage and put people at risk.


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