Tip leads to stolen fireworks recovery

The Detroit News

Detroit – -- Authorities have recovered most of the commercial fireworks stolen from a train earlier in the week.

All but one of the 32 cases of fireworks were found early today in a vacant lot in southwestern Detroit, said a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

One of the recovered cases is missing two aerial shells, said the spokesman.

City and federal officials found the bulk of the fireworks, which weighed 500 pounds, after receiving a tip from a resident, said the spokesman.

The shells, which are 2 inch by 5.5 inch, were discovered missing by CSX workers after a freight train traveling from Chicago arrived in Detroit on Wednesday.

No arrests have been made and an investigation is continuing, said officials.

The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.

ATF officials had said earlier commercial fireworks are much more powerful, and dangerous, than fireworks normally used by residents.