Illegal-fireworks charges filed


July 08, 2008

A St. Mary's County man has been charged in connection with illegal fireworks that police seized June 28 from a barge anchored in the Patuxent River off the Calvert County community of Patuxent View, the state fire marshal's office said yesterday.

Jack R. Beckwith, 58, of the 28000 block of Three Notch Road, Mechanicsville, was charged Friday with possession of fireworks without a permit and possession of fireworks with intent to discharge. Both charges are misdemeanors and are punishable by fines of up to $250.

A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer discovered the fireworks aboard the 20-foot-by-40-foot barge, the fire marshal's office said. The fireworks were valued at about $10,000, Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. said.

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