Illegal fireworks caused fire that destroyed central Pa. business: police

Illegal Fourth of July fireworks are responsible for causing a three-alarm fire that engulfed a Lebanon County business, police said.

The blaze began around 10:28 p.m. at Consolidated Scrap Resources, on the 1200 block of Church Street in the city of Lebanon, police said.

The fire began on the eastern end of the building near the 300 block of North Van Buren Street and quickly spread to the rest of the business, police said. Investigators said they were able to provide “reckless use of illegal fireworks” caused the fire with witness testimony and video surveillance.

The fire burned for nearly a full day, authorities said. Firefighters had to keep returning to the scene because of reburning.

Lebanon City Fire Commissioner Duane Trautman previously said the large number of Hershey candy wrappers stored at the recycling center is what fed the fire and kept firefighters battling the blaze through the night.

Two homes across the street from Consolidated…

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