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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