The Trenton Police Department conducted an investigation into reports of illegal fireworks sales this week. A search warrant executed Wednesday at a tent on the corner of Oklahoma and East 9th Street recovered bottle rockets and homemade explosive devices. Police Chief Tommy Wright says sale of bottle rockets is against Trenton city ordinance, but homemade explosive devices violate state and federal law.
Bob and Bobby Morgans were arrested and their business license has been revoked. They were released on $500 cash bonds pending a court disposition.
Press Release from the Trenton Police Department
Chief Tommy Wright of the Trenton Police Department advises that on July 3rd, 2013, the Trenton Police Department arrested Bob Morgans and Bobby Morgans for the possession and sales of illegal fireworks.
According to Wright, the Trenton Police Department and Trenton Fire Department conducted an investigation into allegations that Bob and Bobby Morgans were selling bottle rockets and other illegal, improvised fireworks from their fireworks tent located at the corner of Oklahoma and East 9th Street. After an undercover operation, it was determined that the men were selling bottle rockets and what appeared to be homemade explosive devices.
A search warrant was obtained and executed on the fireworks stand at Oklahoma and East 9th Street, a nearby shed and a vehicle during the evening hours of July 3rd. Recovered were bottle rockets and homemade explosive devices. The business license was revoked and the men were charged and booked at the Grundy County Jail on Trenton Municipal Charges for possessing illegal fireworks. Both men posted a $500.00 cash bonds and were released pending court disposition.
Wright advised “The possession and/or sale/discharge of bottle rockets is against city ordinance, however, the homemade explosive devices are against state and federal law. We feel good about getting these off the street and hope that by doing so we prevented someone from getting injured”.
Wright added that the investigation is continuing and state and/or federal charges may be applied for in the future
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Chief Wright at 660-359-5557 or via his email at [email protected]