NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

July 1, 2013

Fireworks store not to blame for Marathon bombings

To the editor:

I’m the manager of Phantom Fireworks in Seabrook. These words I am writing are my personal opinion. I’ve been in Phantom’s employ for 24 years and am extremely proud of the company I work for. First and foremost, I am an American and proud of that also.

Our company has been the target of a lot of negative publicity since the Boston Marathon bombing as we had the misfortune to be the only store open in Seabrook on Feb. 6 when a terrorist came to town and made a purchase at our store. The product that we sell is top quality and approved on many federal, state and local levels before it goes onto our shelves, Consumer Product Safety Commission being one of those agencies. We only sell top-quality, approved for the consumer product. If not for our company keeping strict records of who purchases at our store, no one would even know that he was here at all. I don’t use his name as he is not deserving of having one. Our corporate offices, upon learning of the bombing, went into our records to search for their names. They immediately alerted the FBI to let them know and to offer any assistance because that is how we operate.

Phantom Fireworks is a highly professional, responsible and respected member of the fireworks industry and I don’t take lightly the reputation that some tabloid news (that should get their facts straight before reporting them) along with other individuals are trying to put upon us. We are being slammed for doing the same advertising for our yearly season that we have done for over 20 years and being called insensitive because of it. I assure you that each member of this company is 100 percent supportive, sensitive and compassionate to the many victims who were killed or maimed along with their families and friends. I would like all to remember that his purchase consisted of two small kits that cost $200 total and couldn’t even begin to be what caused that horrible tragedy.

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