Local Fireworks Stores On Edge

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Updated: 4/24/2013 6:53 pm
Darrell Talley, Co-Owner of Dixieland Fireworks in East Ridge, says, "These [motar shells] are real, real popular.

Popular here in East Ridge and apparently all over the world.

Authorities believe the older Boston Bombing suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, bought 48 mortar shells in New Hampshire six weeks before the marathon.

Megan Kearns, a store clerk at that New Hampshire store, adds, "He definitely stressed that he wanted the biggest, loudest stuff."

Officials now believe the Tsarnaev's could have used the black powder from the fireworks to build the bombs.

Talley says it took 15 years to open up Dixieland Fireworks.

Finally, on July 1st, 2012, the state allowed the sale of fireworks in East Ridge, but now Talley's wondering if the government will make him take mortar shells off the shelves.

Talley adds, "If they take one, I think they would have to take them all."

He doesn't want that to happen because it would significantly affect his business.

Talley adds, "It could, yeah, the government does what they want to do. There's nothing we can do. There's no sense in worrying about it."

Talley says if they do ban these fireworks or change legislation now, it would be ridiculous.

"If they do this, they might as well get fertilizer and gasoline, kerosene," says Talley.

Legally, fireworks store owners can sell as many fireworks as they want to any person.

The government is the entity that regulates how powerful fireworks can be.
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