Bunnell, FL - The Flagler County Sheriff's Office (FCSO) is asking for the public's help in recovering dozens of dangerous and altered fireworks that were stolen from a fireworks shop in Bunnell.
The fireworks were stolen from Big Nic's Boom Boom Sticks at 2121 N State St. in Bunnell. The Sheriff's Office discovered the burglary after following up on an incident where two children were seriously injured while lighting some of the fireworks at Dr. Carver Park in Bunnell on Sunday. The burglary was discovered on Tuesday, two days after the injuries occurred. The Sheriff's Office is unsure when the fireworks were stolen since no one reported the burglary to law enforcement. Officers noticed that a window of the shop had been broken.
According to the Sheriff's Office, two boys, ages 8 and 11, were lighting the fireworks, and the fireworks exploded on them. One boy severely injured his hand, and the other boy seriously injured his face. Brittany Kershaw, Public Affairs Officer for the Sheriff's Office says that the stick at the end of one of the fireworks had broken off, so when the children lit the firework, it went off almost immediately. "We do think it's part of the burglary, but we do not think that the children are the ones who committed the burglary. Somehow, they came across (the fireworks)," says Kershaw.
"These are very dangerous fireworks in the wrong hands, and our understanding is that some of them have been altered, which makes them more dangerous," explains Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly. The FCSO and the Bunnell Police Department are asking anyone who has these fireworks to turn them into law enforcement or the fire department right away, no questions asked.
"The primary concern is the safety of the community and children and to get these dangerous and altered fireworks off of the streets," says Staly. "We do not want to see anyone else get hurt. These stolen fireworks have already caused permanent disfigurement to two small children, and one child's life has been changed forever."
If you have any information about the fireworks burglary, contact FCSO at 386-313-4911 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-8477. You may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000 for any information leading to an arrest.
Earlier reporting of the injuries can be found here.
NOTE: The fireworks featured below are all examples of the ones stolen.
Above photo courtesy of FCSO.
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