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Suffolk police seize 1,500 illegal fireworks from Bay Shore facility

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A hot tip fizzled the future sale of illegal fireworks in Bay Shore.

On Monday afternoon, Suffolk police announced the seizure of 1,500 fireworks from a shipping facility in the South Shore hamlet.

The fireworks, valued at approximately $5,000, comprised 13 pyrotechnic devices on a pallet. SCPD did not disclose the specific location of the facility in Bay Shore due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

According to police, a lead was received by the Third Precinct regarding the shipment, which was intended for delivery to another business in Suffolk County at a later date.

As this crime is still being investigated, police are encouraging individuals with information to contact Third Precinct Crime Section officers at 631-854-8326. Information about the sale of illegal fireworks can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

In New York, the only legal sale of fireworks is limited to handheld “sparkling devices,” which must be affixed to a base or spike and range in size from 1 to 500 grams of pyrotechnic composition, according to New York State law. The sale of these devices remains illegal in some areas of the state, including all of New York City.

The illegal shipment of fireworks confiscated in Bay Shore. (Credit: SCPD)

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