SAN BERNARDINO– Cal Fire Law Enforcement Officers from the San Bernardino Unit recently participated in a multi-agency fireworks seizure operation in several areas of San Bernardino County. Through the course of the operation, 125,124 pounds of illegal fireworks with a street value of
approximately $21 million dollars were confiscated, 453 citations were issued and 4 arrests were made within San Bernardino County.
CAL FIRE Law Enforcement led this operation with the assistance of 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," stated 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.
For information about fireworks laws, please check your local laws and visit readyforwildfire.org.