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Phantom Fireworks increases security following theft

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A Phantom Fireworks representative says the company will be increasing security measures at all locations after $40,000 worth of fireworks were stolen from a southern Ohio location.

Phantom Fireworks Vice President, William Weimer says the company has seen similar cases before around the 4th of July holiday since fireworks are a “hot command” this time of year.

Weimer said fireworks were stolen from a Boardman showcase trailer in recent years. He says a suspect was arrested in that case.

Given the technology and information supplied to authorities, which includes surveillance video, Weimer says he is hopeful the southern Ohio case will be solved, too.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office say the theft occurred around 1:30 a.m. at a Phantom Fireworks location in Bloomingburg, about 40 miles south of Columbus.

Officials believe suspects arrived in multiple vehicles, gained entry by cutting a fence, and then cut through a semi-trailer storing the fireworks.

Other cases in Pennsylvania and Florida have been reported, as well as an attempted robbery in Chillicothe.

Phantom Fireworks is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the identification of suspects in this case.

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