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July 03, 2014 7:33 am

‘It’s just insane,’ Detonation narrowly averted in fireworks trailer break-in

Written by Gib Mathers

From left Brooklyn and Alex Good and employee Marina Pomeroy discuss the Tuesday night break-in of the Good family’s fireworks stand on Coulter Avenue Wednesday at around noon. Powell Police Cpl. Chad Glick is dusting for prints. From left Brooklyn and Alex Good and employee Marina Pomeroy discuss the Tuesday night break-in of the Good family’s fireworks stand on Coulter Avenue Wednesday at around noon. Powell Police Cpl. Chad Glick is dusting for prints. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

The person or persons who tried to start a blaze in a Powell fireworks stand probably didn’t realize how close they came to blowing themselves sky-high.

The culprits broke the locks on the side and rear of the trailer, entered, stole fireworks and burned boxes and sparklers next to shelves stacked with highly volatile fireworks Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to Powell police officers.

Miraculously, a fire or explosion did not occur.

“It could have been ugly,” Officer Matthew Brilakis said while investigating the crime Wednesday morning.

“It’s just insane,” said Alex Good, who works for her father, Chris Good, who owns the semi-trailer store. Chris Good operates Pyrotech, a fireworks outfit that conducts sky shows around the Big Horn Basin.

Whoever broke in lined the trailer’s shelves with sparklers. “And they left, thinking it was going to start a fire,” Alex Good said.

It wasn’t the first time someone tampered with the trailer. On Monday night, someone cut the skirting below the trailer, hoping to find fireworks, but there were only empty boxes.

He called the police Tuesday when he discovered the damage, Chris Good said.

The next night, someone cut the locks and broke into the store. Alex said she discovered the broken locks at around 11 a.m. Wednesday when she arrived to open the store.

“11:04,” Brooklyn Good said.

Alex called the police.

The trailer reeked of spent gunpowder. “I could just smell it,” Alex said.

The Powell Volunteer Fire Department was summoned, and firefighters used a thermal imager to determine whether a fire had secreted itself within the walls or shelves of the store. Fortunately, there were no secluded flames.

Alex said she would have to conduct an inventory to find out what exactly was stolen, but it appeared the thieves stole only smaller fireworks.

“They took all the money out of the tip jar,” Alex said.

The police took the jar for evidence.

Brilakis and Cpl. Chad Glick dusted for prints and throughly inspected the stand and the area around the store. Anyone who has information about the break-in is asked to call the department at 754-2212, the tips line at 764-8400 or send information online at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Brilakis said.

Chris Good is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the burglars.

1 Comment

  • Comment Link July 03, 2014 5:18 pm posted by Dewey

    Darwin Award runnerups.

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