ALTON, IL (KTVI0 - Alton police confiscated thousands of dollars worth of fireworks and some of the fireworks sent one kid to Cardinal Glennon Children`s Hospital. Alton police Chief Jason Simmons says officers responded to 80 complaints and seized more than 350 pounds of fireworks over the holiday weekend.
It`s one of the largest hauls they have ever seen. All of the fireworks were taken from teenagers. FOX2 also found one man who was burned by stray fireworks. He lives in the same Alton neighborhood where 16 -year-old lost a thumb when a firework exploded in his hand. Chief Simmons also says people should know the laws before buying fireworks.
'Fireworks are illegal, there are venues to view fireworks. Sparklers and other things are perfectly legal in Illinois but some of these things are not legal and young kids possessing this can be dangerous.' said Simmons
You can check the Illinois State Fire Marshal`s website to find out what`s legal. If caught with illegal fireworks you can face a $120 fine and a misdemeanor charges. The fireworks will be destroyed by a licensed firework company by the end of the week.
The total value of the fireworks is $15,000.