BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Nearly a week out from the Fourth of July, the Massachusetts State Police announced they have confiscated hundreds of illegal fireworks that were being brought into the Commonwealth from out of state this weekend.
According to police, officers stopped several vehicles that contained individuals who had purchased fireworks and carried them into the Bay State. The seven people charged are expected to appear in court for illegal possession of fireworks.
Troopers say they seized 425 pieces, including some with large volumes of multiple shots inside, valuing $8,000. Among the items seized were aerial shells, cakes, large rockets, fountains, sparklers, and Roman candles, among other types, officials said.
The next day, police stopped more vehicles and charged six additional suspects who were allegedly carrying 654 items worth more than $10,000 all together.
Massachusetts fire departments have reported more than 900 fires related to illegal fireworks in the last decade, the MSP said.