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April 24, 2013

Suspect bought fireworks in NH

Powder may have been used in explosions

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So far, federal officials have yet to determine the actual source of the powder used in the two bombs.

Zoldan said it was possible that the powder used inside the shells could have been included in the bombs used during the explosions, but stressed that Tamerlan Tsarnaev could have obtained enough powder elsewhere and in a far easier manner.

Since news broke yesterday that Tamerlan Tsarnaev purchased fireworks at the Seabrook location, Zoldan said his company, based in Youngstown, Ohio, has been inundated by calls from media outlets across the country.

“The phone is ringing off the wall,” Zoldan said.

Zoldan said his company would continue to sell the “Lock and Load” kits, saying they have entertained million of Americans over many years who have used them for their intended purpose. Still, Zoldan said it was disturbing to realize that terrorists could have used his fireworks to kill and maim scores of people.

“To have that mentality that you want to harm innocent men, women and children, it’s obviously very sad and disheartening,” Zoldan said.

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