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Officials: 2 people accused of selling illegal fireworks in Linden neighborhood

All of the fireworks are illegal to set off in the state of Ohio.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Two people are accused of selling illegal fireworks in the Linden neighborhood.

Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin says investigators with the Explosive Investigative Unit went to the area of McGuffey Road and East Hudson Street Monday around 7:45 p.m. after getting a tip about the fireworks.

Officials say they were told two people were selling the fireworks out of a U-Haul.

A total of 5,500 fireworks were confiscated, according to Martin. They have a street value of about $3,000.  All of the fireworks are illegal to set off in the state of Ohio. 

The fireworks will be held until they are no longer considered evidence, and they will then be destroyed.

Martin says investigators will work with a prosecutor to determine what charges will be brought against the two people caught selling the fireworks.

The two people could be charged with selling fireworks without a license, which is a first-degree misdemeanor that could result in a $1,000 fine and/or up to one year of jail time for each firework.