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Phantom Fireworks works with FBI on Boston bombing

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Valley company is helping the FBI with their investigation surrounding last week's bombings in Boston.

The Boston explosions killed three and injured more then 264 people.

It turns out the elder brother suspected in the explosions bought fireworks at a Phantom Fireworks location in Seabrook, New Hampshire in February.

According to an FBI affidavit, "a large pyrotechnic" was found in the younger brother's dorm room

When the names of the bombing suspects were released on Thursday, Phantom officials searched their sales records and found that Tamerlan Tsaraev bought two "lock and load" reloadable mortar kits for about $200 a piece.

Phantom immediately notified the FBI about the purchase.

It's believed the bombing suspects bought the fireworks in an effort to harvest black powder for some of their bombs, but a Phantom spokesperson doesn't think they were too successful.

"My guess is he bought the product experimented with it and came to the conclusion quickly it wouldn't do what he hoped it would do and moved on to some other fuel for his devices," said Phantom Vice President William Weimer.

The fireworks he bought only contained about a pound of black powder but you can legally buy black powder without a permit.

"Today, black powder is available; you can buy it at hobby stores, gun stores, hardware stores and under the hobbyist exemption you can get up to 50 pounds of black powder," Weimer said.

This isn't the first time Phantom helped the FBI in a case of terrorism.  They also helped in an investigation of a man who tried to set off a bomb in 2010.

"The fellow who tried to ignite a bomb in Times Square in New York bought fire crackers and thought he could use those to ignite his bomb and fortunately the products didn't work the way he anticipated and the bomb was not ignited," Weimer said.

So what does Phantom have to say about their fireworks being used by possible terrorists?

"We're in the patriotic business," Weimer said. "Our products are used to celebrate Independence day and freedom and to think that cowards like this would use this product against freedom, against the concept of freedom is very offensive to us."

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