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January 15, 2008

Fireworks follow Patriots' win; Police issue warning to resident

WINDHAM - A Bridle Bridge Road resident just couldn't contain himself after the New England Patriots' win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night.

Police were called to the area after the 31-20 victory for a report that fireworks had been set off.

The resident, whom police aren't identifying because no charges have been filed, was issued a warning. He told police it was the first time he had set off fireworks and he would not do it again, police Capt. Patrick Yatsevich said.

This isn't the first time that police have received complaints about overly exuberant Patriots fans in this neighborhood.

Late last year, police began patrolling the area after Mammoth Road resident Russ Williams complained that fireworks were being set off every time the Patriots won. Before that, it was happening during Red Sox playoff games.

"It's ridiculous; it's childlike," Williams said at the time. "I'm happy when the Patriots win, but I don't think it calls for fireworks."

Until Saturday, the area had been fireworks-free for several weeks, Williams said. But on Saturday at around 11:11 p.m., he said he heard two bangs, followed by the bright flash of fireworks.

Fireworks are legal in New Hampshire, but individual towns and cities can outlaw them. Windham is one of the communities where fireworks are illegal. Violators can be fined up to $1,000.

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