British troops used the Townshend Acts to inspect a vessel named Liberty. John Hancock, the owner of the ship, was a very wealthy man and made his fortune by smuggling illegal glass, lead, paper, wine, rum, molasses, and tea. When the British official attempted to inspect and seize the vessel riots broke out. The riots were so violent that the British troops were forced to flee. Consequently, more British troops were sent to the colonies to maintain order and boycotts were began once again.