Reward offered after $40K in fireworks stolen from Columbus Phantom facility

Phantom Fireworks is offering a $5,000 reward.

$40,000 in fireworks were stolen from the Phantom Fireworks facility near Columbus, Ohio.

BLOOMINGBURG, Ohio (AP) – State authorities say fireworks worth $40,000 have been stolen from a fireworks company in southern Ohio.

Investigators in the State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a release that the theft occurred around 1:30 a.m. June 24 at Phantom Fireworks in Bloomingburg, about 40 miles south of Columbus. They believe the suspects arrived in multiple vehicles, cut through a fence to gain access to the property and then cut through a semi-trailer used to store the fireworks.

Authorities says those types of thefts have been reported in Pennsylvania and Florida and a similar robbery attempt was made at the Chillicothe Fireworks store in Chillicothe.

Phantom Fireworks is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for the theft.

“We need your help to solve this case.  Information from the public can help tremendously,” said State Fire Marshal Larry L. Flowers. “Even if you don’t think the information is relevant, it could bring the entire case together for our investigators.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Fire & Explosion Investigation Bureau at 1-800-589-2728 or the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at 740-335-6170.

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