SOUTH GATE (CBSLA) — Authorities across Southern California are busy cracking down on illegal fireworks.
(credit: South Gate Police Department)
On Sunday, South Gate police officers say they arrested a man who bought 800 pounds worth of fireworks from another man selling them out of a rental truck. The seller ran off as officers arrived and abandoned the rental truck.
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When officers searched the truck, they recovered about 1,200 pounds of illegal fireworks. Los Angeles County Fire Department officials took possession of the fireworks to destroy them at a safe location.
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There was an uptick in the use of illegal fireworks throughout Southern California during the pandemic and it exploded to the top of authorities’ priorities when a huge cache being kept at an Ontario home blew up, killing two people in March.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer is scheduled to give details Tuesday about his plans to crackdown on online sales in the city of Los Angeles, where all fireworks are illegal.
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Further east, the Pomona Police Department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone selling or storing fireworks in Pomona.