CHESTER, W.Va. — The operator of a fireworks stand that caught fire in Chester faces charges of selling illegal fireworks.
Hancock County Sheriff Mike White tells the East Liverpool Review of Ohio that state fire marshal investigators filed the misdemeanor charges against Chip Kohser on Tuesday in magistrate court.
Saturday night’s fire set off an impromptu fireworks display. Residents in the vicinity reported seeing fireworks randomly shooting through trees, over houses and across a road.
West Virginia law allows the sale of sparklers, poppers and other novelty fireworks. But sales of airborne fireworks or those that give a “loud report” are prohibited.
Kohser says he only sold aerial fireworks to out-of-state customers. He says his sales were legal.
White says investigators believe a short in an electrical cord caused the fire.
Credit: The Associated Press.