Man who lit fireworks on doorstep of two Lincoln homes cited

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Police say a man suspected of exploding artillery shells at two South Lincoln homes Sunday night has been cited.

LPD said the man is a juvenile and was cited for vandalism, disturbing the peace, trespassing, and unlawful discharge of fireworks. Police said the suspect was identified thanks to tips from citizens.

According to police, a resident in the 1800 block of Teal Circle heard a knock on his front door around 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. When he opened the door, an artillery shell firework exploded and his home filled with smoke. Police say he narrowly escaped serious injury because he opened the door immediately after it exploded.

Then, at 11:15 on the same night a woman living in the 7500 block of South Street told police she heard her doorbell ring and when she looked through her Vivant video doorbell she saw an artillery shell firework explode on her doorstep.

A neighbor said she heard a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot.

"It was so loud and too close for comfort," said Bre Lewis-Jones. "After the first one, I heard another boom a little ways off. That one sounded more like someone was lighting off fireworks. But that first one...I didn't know what that was."

The estimated damage for the Teal Circle home is $700 and $400 for the resident on South Street. The Teal Street victim had told police he saw an older-model, red SUV leaving the area after the incident.