Port Allen man arrested for illegal fireworks sales

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

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

On July 3, SFM deputies received a tip about Kauffman 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 continuing his sales, both in at a stand and through personal deliveries he advertised on social media after the cease and desist was issued.

Following an investigation of that tip, the activity was confirmed and Kauffman placed under arrest. In addition, deputies seized almost $30,000 in product from two locations owned by Kauffman.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the community for following through on our request to report suspicious fireworks sales activity.

“The State Fire Marshal’s Office is all about being a partner to commerce, but only when business owners operate with their customers in mind, instead of themselves. That includes following the rules put in place to guarantee a fair marketplace and safe goods,” said State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, “These actions taken by our deputies are a reminder to consumers and retailers that the SFM is actively verifying compliance with Louisiana laws and that when questionable activity is brought to our attention, we investigate thoroughly and take action swiftly, if necessary.”

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