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Bombing Suspects Wanted “Biggest, Loudest” Explosives At NH Fireworks Store [VIDEO]

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects visited a New Hampshire fireworks store in February looking for the “biggest, loudest stuff” in the store.

Lock and Load mortar on display at Seabrook, NH fireworks store
Lock and Load mortar on display at Seabrook, NH fireworks store (WMUR TV)

The manager of Phantom Fireworks in Seabrook, New Hampshire, a 45 minute drive from Boston, recalls to WMTV TV Tamerlan Tsarnaev buying nearly $4,000 worth of mortars but says there was nothing memorable about him.

“Pretty much the only thing that was remarkable about him was that he had a Russian accent, which we don’t get too many people in here who have Russian accents,” assistant manager Megan Kearns told the Portland, Maine TV station.”He just wanted the biggest, loudest stuff we had in the store — pretty much run of the mill questions we get asked by every customer who walks through the door,” she said.

She says he settled on “lock and load,” a large reloadable mortar kit with a firing tube and 24 shells. He was able to get two of the $200 items by taking advantage of a buy one get one free promotion.

Phantom Fireworks management, however, does not believe the products were used in the making of the Boston Marathon bombs. “If he were successful in deconstructing the entire product, both kits, he maybe would have had a pound and a quarter to a pound and a half, maximum, of black powder.  And that would not have been sufficient to fuel all the bombs that he made,” said William Weimer with Phantom Fireworks.

“Incidental Hero”

Watertown boat owner David Henneberry talks to Boston TV station WCVB
Watertown boat owner David Henneberry talks to Boston TV station WCVB (WCVB)

The owner of the boat where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev calls himself an “incidental hero” in the case.

Once the shelter-in-place order was lifted around Boston on Friday night, David Henneberry went into his backyard for a smoke and noticed the shink wrap on his boat, Slip Away II, had been disturbed.

“I hate to use clichés.  If people who were killed can get some (comfort), then I am at peace with it,” he told WCVB TV.” If I help these people that lost people, if I can help them in their mind, then everything is good with me here.”

Henneberry said he did not see any blood but noticed that two bumper pads he had placed between his boat, the Slip Away II, and its shrink wrap cover had fallen to the ground. He thought it might have been the wind.

When he first went to check, he found a loose strap and went back in his house. But he decided to take another look from a ladder.

“I got three steps up the ladder and rolled the shrink wrap. I didn’t expect to see anything, but I saw blood on the floor of the boat. A good amount of blood,” he told WCVB. He said he saw more blood and noticed a motionless body.

“He was just lying there by the engine block and the floor. I couldn’t see his face. I’m glad I didn’t see his face,” Henneberry said. The man still didn’t move.

Meanwhile, several websites are collectiing donations to help replace Henneberry’s boat, valued at $50,000 which is expected to be held as evidence. Henneberry, while grateful, believes the money would be best donated to Marathon victim charities.

Memorial Service For MIT Cop

Memorial for MIT Officer Collier
Memorial for MIT Officer Collier (WCVB TV via Twitter)

MIT will hold a memorial service today for Sean Collier, the campus police officer who authorities say was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to attend, but the event is not open to the public.


A funeral was held Tuesday for Collier, as well as a funeral for 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the bombing.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story

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