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Commercial firework loophole concerns authorities

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Updated: 7/04/2013 6:30 pm

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla.-- They're buying them by the cart full.

"We got $400 worth of explosives. We're going to make a loud noise today in the neighborhood," said consumer Michael Gernhard.

Mortars, repeaters, and all of the commercial-grade fireworks only legally allowed to be handled by the pros. But all amateurs need to do to get their hands on the big guns is sign a special form.

"It says that you're using them for agricultural use and most people that are purchasing them are not farmers and not using them for that purpose," said Orange Park Fire Chief Ty Silcox.

He says most people buy the commercial grade explosives simply for entertainment, which can be dangerous, and is considered illegal, but as long as police don't catch them in the act, there's nothing authorities can do about it.

"There's unfortunately not enough of law enforcement to get out and be able to check on these fireworks that people are buying and firing off," said Silcox.

Bottom line, if you're caught using commercial grade fireworks for anything other than what you signed up for using them for they can be confiscated immediately.

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