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Geneva store owner charged with selling fireworks

Updated: February 4, 2013 2:51PM

GENEVA — The owner of a convenience store in Geneva has been charged with selling illegal fireworks, police said Monday.

Police said they were dispatched around 2:35 p.m. Dec. 27 to Longview Drive and Hill Avenue on a report of loud noises in the neighborhood.

When police arrived, several people admitted to having set-off fireworks. Police said they were told the fireworks were purchased at the Family Pantry in the 1400 block of East State Street.

Police said the owner-manager of the store, 39-year-old Chiragkumar K. Chavda, of the 1200 block of Oak Ridge Drive in Streamwood, admitted to selling the firecrackers.

He showed officers where the store’s fireworks supplies were stored, police said. “The fireworks were concealed from view under a cabinet with closed doors,” the police report states.

Police said they found what appeared to be illegal fireworks intermixed with legal novelty items that were individually priced for sale. The illegal fireworks were confiscated, according to the report.

Chavda told police that every year, around the Fourth of July, he purchases the fireworks from a man who visits his store. Chavda was charged with possession, sale and use of fireworks.

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