TAUNTON — Illegal fireworks were the cause of minor injuries and a fire at a Taunton residence Tuesday night.

At around 6:45 p.m., the State Police Bomb Squad and Fire Investigation Unit were called to 344 Middleboro Avenue in Taunton to assist the Taunton Fire and Police Departments.

Upon arrival, authorities observed a large quantity of commercial grade fireworks on the home's deck, placed by a resident who was constructing wooden launching tube racks. The male resident lit one of the fireworks on the deck, which ignited other nearby fireworks and spread to the side of the house. He suffered minor injuries.

"The use of fireworks except by licensed professionals in Massachusetts is illegal because they are so dangerous," said State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey.

The remaining fireworks on the deck, inside the home and around the yard were removed by the Bomb Squad for later disposal and the racks and tubes were taken by the Taunton Fire Department.

Charges are expected to be filed by the Taunton Police Department.

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