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State Fire Marshal's Office Assists Federal and Local Agencies with Fireworks Seizures

7/2/2002

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Division of State Fire Marshal assisted with the seizure late Monday of several thousand pounds of illegal fireworks from a home and a roadside vendor in Broward County.

A search warrant was obtained to gain entry into the home, at 709 N.W. 1st Way, based on information from a confidential informant and surveillance of the residence. Along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Broward County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, State Fire Marshal investigators entered the residence shortly after 7 p.m. and found a store-like area in the living room. Upon further searching, it was discovered that a bedroom was being used to store thousands of pounds of fireworks.

The fireworks were removed and have been stored in an explosive magazine for safekeeping. The owner of the residence was not present during the execution of the search warrant. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

In a separate incident around 5:30 p.m., the Fort Lauderdale Police Department requested assistance from the State Fire Marshal's office regarding the illegal sale of fireworks by a road-side vendor at 2890 W. Broward Blvd. The vendor, Lincoln S. Baugh, is licensed by the State Fire Marshal's office to sell sparklers and novelty items, but investigators discovered that Baugh was selling illegal fireworks as well.

Baugh was charged with a misdemeanor for the illegal sale of fireworks, and the fireworks were seized.