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Man charged with battery

A 57-year-old man is accused of threatening to shoot five people after a firecracker they set off landed in his yard and continued burning in his grass. Richard Lee Pride, of 6130 Missouri Ave. in New Port Richey, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery about 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office reports. The incident began when five people, two of whom are neighbors, went to Pride's yard to retrieve the firecracker. Reports say Pride stood in his doorway with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and threatened to shoot them if they did not stop setting off fireworks. Pride told deputies he was intimidated and just trying to scare them. He denied pointing the gun at them. Pride was released from the central Pasco jail Wednesday after posting $10,000 bail.

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