Seabrook fireworks store who sold to bombing suspect criticized for fliers
A Seabrook fireworks store that sold two mortar kits to a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is taking some heat for its July 4 sales fliers it distributed.
Phantom Fireworks is advertising a “buy one get one free sale” and “no limits on quantity.”
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley told the Boston Herald it’s insensitive. Mayor Thomas Menino urged people not to buy them. Fireworks are legal in New Hampshire, but not in Massachusetts.
Some of the fliers made it into mailboxes in the Dorchester, Mass., neighborhood where the family of 8-year-old marathon victim Martin Richard lives.
“I can only imagine how a family recovering from the attacks would feel getting an ad like that in the mail,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said.
Company Vice President William Weimer said a potential backlash was considered, but said, “people that do bad things should not change life for everybody else.”
Tamerlan Tsarnaev bought the kits in February. Weimer has said the amount of gunpowder the kits would have supplied wouldn’t have been enough on its own to detonate the bombs.
The Associated Press