Local Stores Caught Selling Illegal Fireworks


UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — Good news for those who have been woken up by fireworks.

In an effort to combat the high volume of fireworks throughout Utica, Mayor Robert Palmieri with the Utica Police and Fire Departments have conduct fireworks and overall compliance checks of local convenience stores.

On Monday, 31 stores were checked. Two of the stores were found to be selling illegal ones. The illegal fireworks were seized and subsequent charges were filed against those two individuals who were found to be responsible for selling the illegal product. Both individuals were charged under New York State 270.00, “Unlawful Possession of Fireworks”.

11 stores were selling sparkling devices without permits. All the sparkling devices were removed from the shelves.

In addition to fireworks, public safety personnel conducted State Liquor Authority (SLA) inspections, as well as checks for code violations and taxation and finance permits of these convenience stores. One store was also found to be selling untaxed cigarettes. The case has been referred to the New York State Department of Taxation for review.

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