Jackson police searching for teens accused of throwing fireworks in car starting fire

Firework selection at BJ's Fireworks, US Hwy 231 S (Across from Center Stage)
Firework selection at BJ's Fireworks, US Hwy 231 S (Across from Center Stage)(WTVY)
Published: Jul. 5, 2017 at 7:50 AM EDT
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UPDATE - It was a normal Fourth of July on the job for Amber Smith, until she saw her coworkers frantic about what was going on parking lot at Jackson Crossing. She went outside to find her car engulfed in flames.

"How, why, you know where were these kids parents at? You know what if some one had a baby that they just left in there or an old guy was in there and he couldn't get out?", Amber Smith said. Amber is the owner of the Grand AM that was damaged.

Amber's car was her only way to get to work and to get her kids to doctors appointments and school. She only had P.L.P.D insurance and her policy doesn't cover fire damage.

"I mean I had 300 dollars worth of car parts I just bought," she added.

Jackson police said the fireworks were possibly stolen from the Target at Jackson Crossing. They found packaging at the scene.

"At this point we're investigating it as a possible arson or accidental fire. Arson does involve some intent there," Elmer J. Hitt said.

"I'm just hoping and praying to God if you are out there that you please you come too. You know whatever the consequences may be, you gotta take them up. you shouldn't have did what you done," Smith added.


Jackson police are searching for a group of teenagers accused of destroying two cars after tossing a firework into one of the cars.

The incident happened Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of the Target at Jackson Crossing. Police say the teens threw fireworks into the open window of a Pontiac Grand Am setting the car on fire. The flames then spread to a jeep parked next to the car. Both vehicles were totaled.

Mlive reports police believe the suspects may have stole the fireworks from the Target store. According to Mlive, the burned cars belong to two employees at Potbelly Sandwich shop.

Jackson police tell WILX, they are still investigating and so far, they have not received any tips. If you have any information, call Jackson police. (517) 788-4100.