wow thats incredible, but it wasn't just for fireworks. He was convicted before and had 12 guns? And 10,000 pounds of fireworks. I wonder if they were 1.3G or 1.4G because that would make a huge difference.
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yeah, you have to wonder when the prosecutor says "Zambelli-type" fireworks, did he mean 1.4 reloadable shells or 1.3 big shells or ???
kind of concerning need less to say .
It seems like it was a little more than his stash for his own use. They were probably all 4 inch salutes.
Quoting the article:
"Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Nescott, though, said the four defendants in the case conspired to distribute "in excess of 10,000 pounds of high explosives" in 13,000 devices, including some he described as "Zambelli-type fireworks"
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10,000 lbs of "high explosives " in 13,000 devices? I checked a few of my latest orders, the comp weight is about 1/3 of the total weight. That is 3/4 pound per device. It had to be mostly cakes not shells. Probably about $200K in 1.3G. That is quite a stash.
Fireworks are low explosive unless bulk salutes. Not that the media cares or knows the difference.
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Possession of guns and explosives by a felon.
Illegally selling explosives.
What did he think was going to happen?
in pa it isnt illegal to have any quantity of 1.4g, be it 10,000lbs or 100,000lbs providing they are stored in accordance with all applicable laws. that said, no way would you receive 4 years in prison for improper storage. Even with 1.3 being stored illegally, it is a loss of your permit until you obtain a magazine and a $2000 fine, not jail time. Has to be more to the story. Including the fact he was intending to distribute.
Not 1.4the four defendants in the case conspired to distribute "in excess of 10,000 pounds of high explosives"
Conspired to distribute.
Also, notice this was federal court, not state.
I don't think they are talking about small cakes or 1.4 items. And tractor trailer loads sounds like more than a small operation. I would guess that a lot of illegal 1.3 product comes from operations like this. So he is lucky to only get 4 years. I would like to know what the single devices to destroy a car are. Do those come in cases of 4?
"In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that McCloy conspired to distribute explosive materials, both commercial display fireworks, like mortars which may not be sold to or possessed by individuals, and illegal explosive devices, which no one may legally possess. "
"The conspiracy existed between 2006 and 2008, when federal agents executed search warrants in Mt. Pleasant and several other locations in Western Pennsylvania, seizing tractor‑trailer loads of explosives. Some of these explosives are powerful enough that a single device can destroy a car. The total weight of explosives seized substantially exceeded 10,000 pounds."
"The sentence also seeks the forfeiture of thousands of fireworks seized by federal agents, including more than 10,000 flash powder devices equaling either a quarter or half stick of dynamite."
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More info on this story. Looks like he was making M-80"s as well.
Westmoreland fireworks sales ringleader gets four years in prison
By Paul Peirce, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, January 19, 2012
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The ringleader of a group of Mt. Pleasant-area men who sold illegal fireworks for decades was sentenced by a federal judge on Wednesday to serve more than four years in prison despite pleas for leniency from family and friends.
James E. McCloy, 61, of Bridgeport, Mt. Pleasant Township, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab to serve four years and three months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. McCloy pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy, two counts of transporting explosives without a license and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with a 2008 raid at his home.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allege that McCloy led a group that brought in truckloads of fireworks to the state and resold them, according to federal agents.
In addition to fireworks, they dealt in flash powder and M-80s and M-200s, which are illegal and classified as explosives under federal law, agents said.
The four men operated a fireworks business from 2003 through 2008, when ATF agents raided McCloy's home and confiscated trailers filled with explosives and thousands of cases of fireworks, authorities said. They also found 10 pistols and rifles at the home, according to records.
James McCloy's brother, Howard F. McCloy, 64, had been sentenced to serve 15 months, while his son, Howard "Tubs" McCloy Jr., 22, and Fred Collins, 62, were sentenced to probation.
Before Schwab delivered the sentence, he received letters asking for leniency from several McCloy relatives and area residents, court records show.
Retired Mt. Pleasant Area School District administrator Linda M. Vecchio told the judge she has known McCloy for more than 30 years. She described him as "a true friend and person who is there to help anyone in any way he can. I have had numerous experiences with Jimmy, whether I needed a favor or had a problem to be solved, I knew I could always count on him," she wrote.
In court filings, McCloy's attorney, William McCabe, contended that fireworks, legal and illegal, are part of American culture.
"This case involves the seasonal sale of such display fireworks by Mr. McCloy, solely in connection with the celebration of the Fourth of July holiday, and unfortunately without possessing a federal explosive license. Mr. McCloy has had a lifelong fascination with fireworks in connection with celebrating the Fourth of July holiday," McCabe told the court.
Federal officials described the McCloys' illegal fireworks operation as expansive. The men sold shipments of up to 100 cases at a time in Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, sometimes earning as much as $3,000 per transaction, according to the indictment.
When agents conducted a raid on June 19, 2008, on Howard McCloy's property, also in Bridgeport, they found 13,000 explosive devices in trailers.