Two Charged With Possession Of Fireworks

CHAUTAUQUA – A truck stocked full of fireworks led to charges against two men Wednesday afternoon.

A Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy at 12:15 p.m. spotted an SUV on Route 430 in the town of Chautauqua full of fireworks. The exploding devices are illegal to possess in New York state.

Following a traffic stop and further investigation, more than $2,500 worth of fireworks were seized. Charged with unlawfully dealing with fireworks and dangerous fireworks were Bertram T. Kennedy, 73, of Tequesta, Fla., and Todd B. Kennedy, 43, of Gates Mills, Ohio. The men are brothers, police said.

According to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace, the fireworks took up much of the truck. The vehicle also was occupied by two children and a 16-year-old, he said.

“This truck was stuffed with fireworks all the way to the back,” Gerace said. “They’re illegal because of the dangers and potential damage they can cause to property.”

“We get numerous complaints every year for this stuff, and it drains our resources,” he continued. “People should just enjoy one of the numerous fireworks shows in the area and leave it up to the professionals.”

The men were taken into custody and issued appearance tickets to be in town of Chautauqua Court at a later date. Todd Kennedy also was issued uniform traffic tickets for the incident.

The fireworks are expected to be destroyed following the investigation, Gerace said.