More than $7,000 was stolen from a fireworks stand on East Pine Log Road that was raising funds for an Aiken church and south Aiken football team, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.
The TNT Fireworks Stand, located in front of the Southside Free Will Baptist Church, was broken into early Sunday morning, incident reports show.
Randy Valandingham, who operated the stand, told officers he was returning to pick up a Bible he left behind when he found the padlock missing, the doors wide open and fireworks stolen. The stand's profits were going toward the church's youth group and to buy new equipment for the South Aiken football team. This is the second year the church has operated the stand.
Valandingham told officers the total cost of stolen merchandise will be estimated when they return the stand today.