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Police: NH Man Fired Roman Candle At Police Cruiser & Pedestrians

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man is under arrest after a roman candle firework he ignited in front of a Manchester pub shot balls of flame onto a police cruiser and into clusters of pedestrians.

Manchester police say 25-year-old Aric Pettis of Bennington was charged with reckless conduct for igniting the firework that was set into a planter in front of McGarvey’s Pub on Elm Street.

Manchester Officer Rob Megowen was driving his marked cruiser down Elm Street at about 9:15 New Year’s Eve when small balls of fire struck the cruiser’s hood and windshield.

Eyewitness accounts prompted Megowen to arrest Pettis, police said.

Remnants of the roman candle were found on the sidewalk at the base of the planter.

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