Teen arrested for allegedly stealing fireworks that disfigured two Flagler boys, deputies say

By: Chip Skambis

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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. - A teen has been arrested after allegedly stealing altered fireworks from a Bunnell fireworks store, which were responsible for disfiguring two boys in early July, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.

Jovawn McClendon, 16, is charged with burglary of a structure, petit theft and criminal mischief for allegedly burglarizing Big Nic’s Boom Boom Sticks, at 2121 N. State St., in July, deputies said. 

Deputies said they made the arrest after DNA at the scene of the burglary matched McClendon.

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The fireworks taken were considered too dangerous to sell and had not been on the shelves, the business’ owner told investigators.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office did not say how the fireworks were altered or why they were considered more dangerous than standard products.

“The owner of the business has told us that he had left (the fireworks) in the business because he was not going to sell that, because he felt it was too dangerous.” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said. “”

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Following the burglary, two boys were seriously injured in a restroom at Dr. Carver Park Sunday while trying to set off some of the stolen fireworks, Staly said.

“The (8-year-old) child was holding (the firework) like this and he lit it, and it exploded in his hand,” Staly said. “That hand will never recover. And there are questions as to whether he can even keep the hand at all.”

A 7-year-old boy also injured in the explosion received serious injuries to his face and chest, deputies said.

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