Thieves hit Vancouver fireworks stand raising money for school band

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Union High School's fireworks fundraising tent was slashed overnight. Thieves broke in and stole around $3,000 worth of mortars.

Before their tent could even open for business, it was robbed.

"I got a call at home at five this morning from our security guy. Telling me that someone had taken a knife to the back of our tent and had stolen items out," said Booster Club President June Griffin.

Union High School's band sells fireworks every Fourth of July to raise money for the students. It's money the students earn by working the booth.

"It helps pay for band trips that we do. Whether it's jazz, wind ensemble. It pays for uniform fees. Anything that they need money for," said Griffin.

They'll open today with less stock, and have already called in for replacements. The problem is they didn't have insurance for a theft like this.

The thieves were bold and obviously knew what they wanted from the tent. They took the most expensive mortars. And the tent they cut through still has to be fixed.

The students only have three days to sell fireworks this year due to a new city ordinance.

"Please come down and think of us. We're on the corner of NE 18th and 164th. We'd be happy to sell you fireworks," said Griffin.