LA County investigators seize 14,000 pounds of illegal fireworks
AZUSA – A June 28th announcement by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón revealed that a tip developed by a Community Violence Reduction Division Investigators was key in the recent seizure of 14,000 LBS of illegal fireworks.
Investigators with the LADA’s Bureau of Investigation also seized in excess of $10,000 in cash and an illegal firearm during the June 27th operation – while operating in tandem with the Azusa Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff’s departments. The fireworks seized were discovered to be stored at a home and a storage facility in Azusa.
Twenty-seven homes were evacuated while the explosives were safely recovered and disposed. One person was detained during the ongoing investigation into the possession and sale of the illegal fireworks ahead of the 4th of July weekend.
The DA’a office stressed, “Fireworks are illegal in Los Angeles County unincorporated communities and many cities in the county because of the brush fires, house fires, millions of dollars in damages, injuries, and even death they may cause. Residents are encouraged to report any illegal fireworks to law enforcement.”