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Illegal Fire Works Disposal




Chief Dave Lain and Lieutenant Chris Eckert

check out some of the fire works that were destroyed


Valparaiso Fire Department

Looks on for safety



Valparaiso Fire Fighter Chad Dutz


Chief Dave Lain and Lieutenant Chris Eckert


The Porter County Sheriff's Department bomb Team was called by the

Portage police last month to alert them to a cache of illegal fireworks they

discovered.  Portage police made a traffic arrest and after interviewing

the driver, found 96,000 explosive devices in a self-storage unit.

Each had the explosive force potential of a 1/4 stick of dynamite.

If detonated together, the results would be catastrophic.

The Bomb Team, consisting of Sgt. Bill Garner, Sgt. Charles Douthett,

Lt. Chris Eckert and Ptrl. Joe Falatic safely moved the explosives

to a storage bunker and contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

Firearms and Explosives to assist with the destruction.  Each device had

 to be unwrapped and soaked in fuel oil for several hours so that it

would not detonate. Then, under the watchful eye of the

Valparaiso Fire Department Eleven 55 Gallon drums of the

soaked explosives were systematically burned over a period of two days.

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