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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Lockport Police and Fire departments block off traffic this afternoon for a fire on Ontario Street. Fireworks were the cause of the fire, which did an estimated $8,000 - $11,000 in damage. (PHOTOS BY HEATHER N. GRIMMER / ENP PHOTOGRAPHER)

By +Scott Leffler

This shed was deemed a total loss. The 
church behind it also suffered damages.
The first fireworks-related fire in East Niagara since they were made legal this year occurred around 3:15 p.m. in a shed behind an Ontario Street home.

The shed — valued at $3,000 — was deemed a total loss, while fire officials estimate $5,000 - $8,000 in damage to the exterior siding of the Church of Jesus Christ, to the east of the home at 341 Ontario Street. No one was injured in the blaze, which the fire department had subdued by approximately 3:45 p.m.

Lockport Fire Dept. Training Officer Luca Quagliano told East Niagara Post that the son of the homeowner "admitted to setting off fireworks in the back yard," adding "they assumed that the firework had run its course and that it was out ... and clearly it wasn't."

Quagliano said he believes that the fireworks that were set off were legal, but that "any firework, legal or legal has the potential to be dangerous."

The Niagara County Legislature voted in May to allow sparklers and other novelty items to be sold between June 1 and July 5 each year. They may also be sold during the Christmas/New Years' holiday. Fireworks have been seen for sale at a variety of places around Lockport, including Walmart.

Fire trucks line Ontario Street while the Lockport Fire Department investigates a shed fire they'd subdued this afternoon.

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