25 Tons of Illegal Fireworks Seized In Monterey Park

By EGP Staff Report

You know summer is almost here when law enforcement agencies start to announce the number of illegal fireworks they have confiscated.

Acting on an anonymous tip, Monterey Park fire officials seized more than 25 tons of fireworks last week from a warehouse at 990 Monterey Pass Road, the fire department announced.

The fireworks posed a risk to the public and were moved from the warehouse to a more secure location, according to fire officials. Seven large tractor-trailers were required to move the large quantity of fireworks, they stated.

Fireworks are highly explosive and can pose a significant risk to the community if not stored and handled properly. Drought and severe fire conditions, like those now being experienced in the region and across the state, significantly increase the risk, said fire officials who asked the public to be mindful of the heightened danger at this time of year.

Illegal firework sales usually go up in the months leading up the Fourth of July holiday. A number of cities in Los Angeles County ban the sale and only allow professional firework displays.

The city is working with the State Fire Marshall to determine which health, safety, fire, and municipal code may have been violated.

“If you see something, say something,” Monterey Park fire officials reminded the public, noting it was an anonymous tip that led to their discovery of the firework cache.

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