Flagler teen charged in July fireworks burglary that led to children's injuries
2 boys severely injured after encountering stolen fireworks
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Flagler County deputies arrested a 16-year-old boy Thursday who is accused of stealing fireworks from Big Nick's Boom Boom Sticks in July in an incident that deputies say led to two boys injuring themselves.
Deputies said they became aware of the stolen fireworks on July 10 after two boys, ages 8 and 11, were injured when they found and lit the stolen goods. One of the boys is still receiving treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa.
The person or people who broke into the business altered the fireworks by removing or pulling off the fuses, meaning anyone who lit it would have a shorter amount of time to safely get away from the firework before it exploded, deputies said.
While investigating the fireworks explosion, deputies learned that the fireworks store on County Road 13 in Bunnell had recently been burglarized, according to the sheriff's Oofice.
DNA evidence collected from Big Nick's Boom Boom Sticks led detectives to identify the 16-year-old who they said stole the fireworks.
News 6 is not naming the suspect because he is a minor.
“The improper use of fireworks is extremely dangerous,” Sheriff Ric Staly said. “In this case, the burglars were in a hurry and broke off the stem of the fireworks in order to fit more inside their backpacks. This ultimately resulted in life-altering injuries to two young kids. Our detectives worked hard to solve this case.”
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