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Authorities confiscate more than 1,200 pounds of illegal fireworks during Cleveland traffic stop

The driver has been charged with OVI and possession of fireworks.
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The grand finale of Friday night's fireworks show at Canal Park in Akron filled the sky with bright bursts that drew cheers from fans.

Cleveland police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol say they have arrested a man accused of smuggling more than half a ton of illegal fireworks in his car.

The incident occurred around 11:50 p.m. Friday night, when a Cleveland motorcycle officer assisted troopers on a traffic stop on the Jennings Freeway at Denison Ave. Officials allegedly located roughly 1,235 pounds of fireworks inside.

The Cleveland bomb squad had to be brought to the scene. The driver has been charged with OVI and possession of fireworks.