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5,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks Seized in Whittier

Authorities in Whittier seized about 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks at a commercial building near a school, and arrested five people, police said on Tuesday.

Officers were patrolling in the 12000 block of Philadelphia Street, near Whittier High School, about 7 p.m. on June 23 heard an alarm at a commercial building, said Whittier police Officer Brad White.

Believing a burglary may be occurring, officers investigated, and five subjects were detained, he said. Police then obtained a search warrant, and found the illegal fireworks, which were seized with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, White said.

The five people were arrested booked on suspicion of possession of explosive material near a theater, hall, school, college, church, hotel, or other public building, White said. Each was held on $500,000 bail. They were identified as: Segio Alvarez, 44, of Los Angeles, Alfred Henderson, 58, of Pico Rivera, John Belden, 55, of Whittier; and two women: Aneli Quiroz, 24, and Adrianna Beltran, 28, both of Los Angeles.