WEST ALEXANDRIA, OH (FOX19) - The State Fire Marshal has seized approximately 7,000 pounds of illegal fireworks from a home in Preble County.
The fireworks seized from West Alexandria have an estimated value of $25,000.
"Storing and detonating fireworks in Ohio is illegal," said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. "Fireworks are explosives, and could spell disaster for families. People could unknowingly be living next to a time bomb."
The fireworks were found in a residential neighborhood after a tip from a neighbor. They were stored in a 2-car garage attached to a home and included 1.3G and 1.4G category fireworks.
Consumer fireworks, which include 1.4G, may only be kept in Ohio up to 48 hours after purchase. Exhibitor fireworks, which include 1.3G, require an approved permit to purchase and hold. In addition, these fireworks may only be attained no more than 72 hours before an exhibition unless the permit specifies. A permit must also be acquired to legally sell fireworks.
The fireworks will be disposed of with the help of the Dayton Bomb Squad, according to Investigations Assistant Chief Joshua Hobbs.
Charges against the homeowner are pending.