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Investigation of Illegal Fireworks South Portsmouth, KY

Date of News Release: 06/22/2006

(Ashland, KY) - Earlier today the Kentucky State Police in Ashland, KY along with the State Fire Marshals Office, began an investigation of the possession and sale of illegal fireworks in the South Portsmouth, KY area.

Arson Detective Rodney Carroll of the Kentucky State Police Post 14 Ashland and State Fire Marshal Jeremy Rodgers responded to Red White and Blue Fireworks, a small business located in South Portsmouth, KY. Through their joint investigation a large amount of illegal fireworks valued at over sixty thousand dollars ($60,000.00) were seized. The Owner, David Hobson (44yoa) of South Portsmouth, KY was cited with violation of State fireworks permit and the retail sales of illegal fireworks. Both are class A misdemeanors.

The Justice and Public Safety Secretary, General Norman E. Arflack, commended the joint efforts of the Kentucky State Police and State Fire Marshals office in the diligent pursuit of illegal fireworks in our state by stating "This joint effort will no doubt play an important role in keeping the citizens of our state safe during the up coming Fourth of July Holiday". "Illegal fireworks cause numerous injuries every year, especially to children," said State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby. "We will continue to work closely with the KSP to keep illegal fireworks out of the state."

Detective Carroll and Fire Marshal Rodgers were assisted by the following Kentucky State Police Employees: Detective Sgt. Louie Podunavac, Detective Rob Shivel, Detective Gary Lafferty and Trooper Chris Yavorcik. The Investigation continues.

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