- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BLOOMINGBURG, Ohio (AP) - State authorities say fireworks worth $40,000 have been stolen from a fireworks company in southern Ohio.

Investigators in the State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a release that the theft occurred around 1:30 a.m. June 24 at Phantom Fireworks in Bloomingburg, about 40 miles south of Columbus. They believe the suspects arrived in multiple vehicles, cut through a fence to gain access to the property and then cut through a semi-trailer used to store the fireworks.

Authorities says those types of thefts have been reported in Pennsylvania and Florida and a similar robbery attempt was made at the Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH’-ee) Fireworks store in Chillicothe.

Phantom Fireworks is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for the theft.

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