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Man involved in explosive fireworks has plea hearing scheduled

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ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) -

The man accused in a case involving explosive fireworks that injured almost a dozen people in Adams County now has a plea hearing scheduled.

That incident occurred outside Romano's Pizzeria in Rome in July 2011.

Officials say Michael Rose, 66 of Wisconsin Rapids, was operating the fireworks. According to court documents, people hoping to see the show should have been at least 350 feet away. It says on-lookers were as close as 39 feet.

Court records say Rose didn't know how far away people had to be. But they say a proper permit was issued.

Rose was initially charged with three counts, but a previous ruling determined only one would move forward. That is a court of negligent use of an explosive.

The plea hearing is scheduled for next month.

We did reach out to Rose for comment, but he directed us to his attorney, who did not immediately return out call.

The district attorney was not immediately available for comment either.

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