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.
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
Condindtial Email [email protected] Reference case 20-00019258