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Machete-wielding man charged after allegedly threatening neighbors to stop fireworks

Lighting sparklers for Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty)

A 51-year-old Lower Nazareth Township man is accused of wielding a machete and threatening his neighbors when he heard fireworks going off in the neighborhood.

Colonial Regional Police said at around 11:30 p.m. this past Saturday the department received a call from 51-year-old Francis Coleman telling them about the fireworks and stating if the matter wasn’t taken seriously, he would “handle it himself.” An officer responding to the 4000 block of Maria Lane saw fireworks going off in the sky. As the officer searched for who was setting off the fireworks, police said several neighbors reported Coleman wielding a machete.

The man setting off the fireworks reported to police Coleman allegedly pulled a machete off a sheath, came at him with it and the pair began arguing with the machete in Coleman’s hand. The man claimed Coleman refused to put the machete back in the sheath, police said.

An officer found Coleman allegedly walking back to his home with the machete in his hand. Coleman admitted to finding the man setting off the fireworks and said he wanted to “scare” him, according to police.

Coleman is charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault, two counts of disorderly conduct, and harassment. He was arraigned and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


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