A recent multi-agency operation in San Bernardino County resulted in the confiscation of 125,124 pounds of illegal fireworks with a street value of about $21 million, officials said on July 3.
CAL FIRE law enforcement officers from the San Bernardino Unit led the huge operation in several areas of the county, arresting four people and issuing 453 citations.
Also involved in the operation were the CAL FIRE/Office of the State Fire Marshal, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and Redlands Fire Department.
“This is a significant volume of illegal fireworks removed from the flow of fireworks into the greater Los Angeles basin. Every pound of illegal fireworks confiscated potentially reduces fire starts as well as injuries and death caused by their use,” said Glenn Barley, unit chief of the CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit.
It is illegal to transport, possess, use or store fireworks in areas that do not allow use. Safe and Sane fireworks are only approved in certain jurisdictions and must remain in the community where they are purchased.
Every year, an average of 18,500 fires are caused by fireworks, including structure fires and vehicle fires, with an average of $43 million in property damage, CAL FIRE said in a news release.
----- IN ADDITION to the CAL FIRE operation, the Fontana Police Department seized more than 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks this past week, according to the Fontana P.D. Facebook page.
While Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed within the majority of Fontana's city limits, all fireworks -- including Safe and Sane -- are prohibited in Fontana's high fire hazard area in the northern area of the city.
Per municipal code section 15-616, property in the city north of Summit Avenue, west of Interstate 15 and east of Lytle Creek Road is deemed a high fire hazard area.
All fireworks are prohibited in the unincorporated county areas of Fontana.
Persons who have information about illegal fireworks in Fontana are urged to call Fontana P.D. Dispatch at (909) 350-7700.