Man blew up fireworks in Walmart, police say


Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested after police say he lit and threw fireworks inside a Walmart store Wednesday night.

Gainesville Police say Darnell James Haley, 24, of 1046 SE 41st Drive, walked into the Walmart on Archer Road at 10:56 p.m. with fireworks. While inside, Haley used a cigarette lighter to light the fireworks, the police report said.

After Haley lit the fireworks, he dropped them on the floor in the electronics department where they caused damage by leaving several burn marks on the tile floor, the report said.

After his arrest, Haley told police he lit the fireworks in the store, but he didn’t do it on purpose. A witness said he saw smoke coming from the area the fireworks were set off and saw Haley walking away from it, the report said.

No other people were in the area when the fireworks were thrown.

Police said Haley threw the fireworks because he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana, according to GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

Haley was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, according to the report. He was being held as of Thursday at the Alachua County jail on $2,000 bond.

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