A North Toledo man charged after a Sunday night fireworks
display that shook nearby homes and porches and covered
the area with soot and garbage turned himself in Thursday and
was arraigned in Toledo Municipal Court.
Juan D. Mata, 45, of 55 East Pearl St. pleaded not guilty and
was released on supervised recognizance on three misdemeanor
charges of possession and discharge of fi reworks, littering,
and a noise violation.
He told police the night of the party that he was in charge.
Neighbors said loud music accompanied the fi reworks and
the party, which included about 50 people and lasted until early
The fireworks were launched from the backyards of 51 and 55 East Pearl. The debris covered surrounding houses and businesses
for almost a city block.