Police: Detectives seize 113 cases of fireworks, 400 mortars from Massapequa home, man arrested

Michael Masone, 37, was arrested during an investigation conducted by the Arson Bomb Squad.

News 12 Staff

Jul 2, 2023, 4:38 PM

Updated 328 days ago

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A Massapequa man was arrested Saturday after detectives say they found over 100 cases of fireworks and hundreds of mortars in a canal behind his home.
Michael Masone, 37, was arrested during an investigation conducted by the Arson Bomb Squad.
The fireworks seized were worth more than $15,000, according to court documents.
Court papers state that Masone does not have a New York state pyrotechnic license to possess or transport fireworks nor does he have an ATF-approved bunker to store fireworks.
The felony complaint also mentions that he told a detective "It's mine. I paid for the barge. I set up the fireworks."
Neighbors say Masone is known in the community for hosting large Fourth of July celebrations for neighbors. They say his celebrations feature a giant inflatable bounce house and slide for kids and a fireworks display.
Neighbor Paul Gargiulo told News 12 that Masone's arrest was disappointing.
“We're very upset as to what happened. They're very nice people. Mike's a great guy. He does a lot of stuff for the community, and we were shocked at what went on,” he said.
Police say the case is a reminder to residents that the use of explosives, including fireworks, is illegal and extremely dangerous.
Masone is facing a number of charges, including unlawful storage of explosives and unlawfully possessing fireworks. He was due in court today.
Masone had no comment for News 12 about his arrest.


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