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Port Allen man arrested for illegal fireworks sale in West Baton Rouge

Michael Kauffman / Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office
Posted at 10:26 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 11:26:37-04

A Port Allen man has been arrested after allegedly being found continuing to conduct retail fireworks sales following a cease and desist order from the State Fire Marshal's Office.

20-year-old Michael Kauffman was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail on July 4 for one count of Violation of State Fire Marshal Orders.

Officials say that on July 3, SFM deputies received a tip about Kauffman allegedly operating a retail fireworks stand in the 800 block of Highway 190 West in Port Allen without a license to sell or permit to operate for the season. An investigation into the claim confirmed the activity and a cease and desist order was issued to Kauffman for the remainder of the Fourth of July sales season.

On July 4th, another tip came to deputies about Kauffman allegedly continuing his sales. Deputies say he was continuing business both at a stand and through personal deliveries he advertised on social media after the cease and desist was issued.

Kauffman arrested and SFM deputies seized almost $30,000 in product from two locations owned by Kauffman.