NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

April 23, 2013

Bombing suspects purchased fireworks in Seabrook

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — SEABROOK -- The president of a nationally known fireworks company confirmed today that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of two men suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings, visited his company's Seabrook store on Feb. 6, and purchased two intricate and expensive pyrotechnic devices.

Bruce Zoldan, founder of Phantom Fireworks, said Tsarnaev spent almost $400 to purchase two "Lock and Load" mortar kits. The kits come with 24 shells, each containing black powder that are inserted into the mortar and fired. The shells are powerful enough to reach heights of 200 feet before exploding into an array of light.

Zoldan said immediately following the release of the two suspects' names, company officials began searching all recent sales. The company has two other stores in New Hampshire in Londonderry and Hinsdale.

"We found the name and we found the purchase," Zoldan said.

Zoldan said officials immediately called the F.B.I. which is leading the investigation into the bombings.

It is believed that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, along with his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokhar, placed two homemade bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon and watched them explode from a safe distance away. Three people were killed and more than 175 injured as a result. The two managed to elude authorities for days until authorities released their photos to the public. Hours later, the brothers allegedly executed a MIT police officer and car jacked a Mercedes SUV possibly to escape the Boston-area and conduct additional bombings.