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Fireworks launcher mistaken for gun

Published On: Jun 28 2013 11:11:34 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2013 11:17:11 AM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

A report of a man with a gun led to a fireworks citation for a town of Berry man Thursday, authorities said.

Dane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of a man with a gun in the area of 4800 Scherbel Road at about 3:20 p.m.

Deputies said 32-year-old James Weightman had what appeared to be a gun, but it turned out to be a 37mm gas-charged fireworks launcher.

The sheriff's office said Weightman had launched a firework at the time of the initial call. Weightman was cited for possession of fireworks, a $200.50 citation, according to a news release.

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