Up to $300k worth of illegal fireworks seized from West Chester barn

Fireworks seized in West Chester (VIDEO)

WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) - An investigation is underway in Butler County after officials seized approximately $300,000 worth of illegal professional-grade fireworks.

West Chester police, deputies from the Butler County Sheriff's Office and the bomb squad seized the fireworks from a barn on Station Road Thursday night.

Police were led to the fireworks after a worried resident's tip, police said.

Officials said they filled two 15-17 foot trailers with boxes of fireworks from the scene.

"It looked like we were walking into a fireworks store is the best way I could put it," said West Chester police Lt. David Tivin.

It is estimated that the fireworks are valued around $100,000-$300,000, according to authorities.

"A number of the materials that we saw would be similar to what people see at the WEBN fireworks," said Lt. Tivin.

No charges have been filed.

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, licensed businesses in Ohio can legally sell fireworks that shoot up into the air but it's illegal to use them in the state without a license.

If you do buy fireworks in Ohio, they must be taken out of the state within 48 hours.

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