BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –  Two high schoolers who say they were just trying to make some money are now in hot water.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, Matt Molinari and his friend, both seniors from Bridgewater, were going door-to-door advertising their snow shoveling services in advance of the storm.

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“We weren’t looking to break the law. We just didn’t know the law,” Molinari said.

But when the two crossed into Bound Brook, they were stopped by cops.

“Kind of saw like a spotlight, like a police spotlight,” he said.

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Police were alerted after someone called to report a suspicious person.

Molinari said they then got a lesson in local ordinances, putting their high school shoveling business on ice.

“‘They need a permit, unpermitted solicitation is not allowed,'” Molinari said, recalling what the police told them.

The Bound Brook police chief tells they are not cracking down on kids shoveling, but rather that it was a state of emergency and should not have been out.

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The teens were allowed to shovel for customers who called them directly and made around $100, Smith reported.