Homemade Fireworks Found at Home Daycare

A routine home daycare inspection leads to a man and woman being cited for child abuse after inspectors found homemade fireworks.

Lincoln Police said a Health and Human Services inspector was making a routine child care inspection July 2 when the inspector found homemade fireworks in a spare bedroom.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue inspectors were called to the house, along with a Nebraska State Patrol sergeant with the Hazardous Devices Squad. They determined the explosive were illegal based on the amount of powder in the devices. Inspectors found some devices contained 16g of flash powder. The legal limit is 130mg.

Richard Haxton was cited and released for possession of a destructive device and unauthorized possession of explosive materials.

Richard and his wife, Kasi, were each cited for child abuse and neglect.

LPD said Kasi had a provisional license, allowing her to care for up to 10 children. Six kids were in the home at the time of the inspection. Police said the parents of the children were called soon after the inspection to pick their kids up.

Police said Richard would not have been eligible for an explosives permit because of a prior arrest for domestic violence.

Kasi told police she would not run the daycare until the situation is resolved.


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