Greenwich Police Seek Identity of Person Responsible for Illegal Fireworks in Bible Street Park

UPDATE, July 7: Greenwich Police Lt Mark Zuccerella confirmed that the confiscated fireworks were safely detonated at Holly Hill, the town dump, on Sunday by the Stamford Bomb Squad.

Original Story: The Greenwich Police reported Monday morning that they are investigating the illegal and unlicensed ignition of professional-grade fireworks in Bible Street Park on Saturday, July 4.

At about 9:00pm, Greenwich Police were detailed to Bible Street Park on a report of a large group gathering in anticipation of a fireworks display.

Police say the reporting party observed a truck in the park unloading the fireworks.

Approximately 200-300 people were in the park for the unauthorized display.

Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept
Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept
Photo courtesy Greenwich Police Dept

Police say the fireworks ignited without any immediate intervention from a person, and no individuals took ownership.

The fireworks were nearby to neighboring houses, and no Greenwich Fire Department personal were on scene.

The Parks & Recreation Dept did not authorize the fireworks either.

In fact, police say no one was supervising the ignited display.

The display consisted of two 4-foot by 8-foot pieces of plywood with professional aerial exploding fireworks, similar to ones used at Town sanctioned fireworks, adhered to the boards. Only 25% of the fireworks ignited. The other 75% failed to ignite due to fuse failure.

The Stamford Bomb Squad needed to be called to the scene and assumed control of the disposal.

A Bomb Squad Technician said that the improperly rigged display represented a serious risk to the assembled crowd of spectators and the surrounding homes.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Greenwich Police Department at 203-622-8054 or Confidential Tip Line 203-622-3333
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