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Cohasset police find 300 pounds of illegal fireworks during wedding reception at mansion

A fireworks display was supposed to be the perfect ending to a wedding reception in Cohasset Saturday night, but that plan came to an abrupt end when Cohasset police stepped in and seized nearly 300 pounds of illegal and highly explosive fireworks.

“We’re not talking about a couple of sparklers,” Cohasset Deputy Police Chief William Quigley said today. “Some were the size of 3-inch mortar shells.”

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A detail officer was at the Margin Street mansion and heard a member of the wedding party mention a fireworks display set for 11 p.m., Quigley said. The officer checked with his superiors, and police discovered that proper permits for a fireworks display had not been filed with the state.

Peter Roy, a retired investor who sold an independent power company in 1998, and his wife have owned the ivy-covered mansion for over 20 years, the Globe reported in 2010. The mansion and grounds are currently for sale for about $45 million.

Police seized the 200 to 300 pounds of high-end, consumer-grade fireworks and turned them over to the state fire marshal Tuesday to be destroyed, Quigley said.

“Fireworks are inherently dangerous. There are people maimed and killed every year,” Quigley said. “That’s why there are laws against them and that’s why they’re best handled by professionals. It’s not reasonable that someone without the proper training would set these things off in a residential neighborhood.”

Quigley said no charges have been filed yet and that the matter is still under investigation.

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at
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