Boston Police Charge Teenagers With Lighting, Throwing Fireworks Downtown

Photo: Courtesy of the Boston Police Department.

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Police officers were called to the area of Summer Street and Arch Street at around 3:37 p.m. Friday afternoon, on reports of a large explosion.

Arriving officers say they spoke to several concerned citizens who said a group of teenagers had been seen igniting some sort of incendiary device in the crosswalk of an intersection. As police were investigating, they heard another explosion coming from the area of Downtown Crossing.

Officials responded to the area of 355 Washington Street, where they found firework remnants in the street. Witnesses approached police and said four teenage males had used a black cylinder to launch fireworks in the street, before they fled on foot into a nearby business. BPD officials then entered that business, finding the four suspects and the black cylinder from one's backpack.

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Police say they arrested one 16-year-old suspect from Quincy after a brief struggle. Officials say they found an unexploded firework on the suspect's person, which the BPD's Explosive Ordinance Unit took into custody.

The suspect in custody will appear in Boston Municipal Juvenile Court on charges of Delinquent to Wit: Throwing, Secreting, Launching or Placing and Incendiary Device. The three remaining juvenile suspects, identified on scene, will be summoned to court to face the same charges.

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