Some of the fireworks confiscated at 72nd and Orange Avenue. Photo courtesy of LBPD.
Three men were arrested Wednesday for attempting to sell fireworks with an estimated street value of about $10,000, police said Thursday.
West Division Directed Enforcement officers found an online advertisement regarding illegal fireworks for sale in the area of Long Beach and Artesia Blvd., according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.
When officers responded to the suspected area, they arrested 24-year-old Compton resident Erik Alvarado-Ramirez for firework-related charges.
Police seized approximately 100 pounds of fireworks from Alvarado-Ramirez. The fireworks totaled to be worth more than $1,000.
Shortly thereafter, the officers found another online firework advertisement, which led them to a shopping center in the area of Spring Street and Atlantic Avenue. Upon arrival, they found a man, identified as 25-year-old Julio Flores, who was selling fireworks from his car, police said.
Flores was also arrested on firework-related charged, and a subsequent search of his vehicle turned up high-powered fireworks, including mortars, a mortar tube and several large boxes of miscellaneous fireworks, totaling about 200 pounds or $700 worth.
North Division officers also confiscated 715 pounds of fireworks during a traffic stop and search of a nearby residence in the area of 72nd Street and Orange Avenue, which led to the arrest of 23-year-old Sergio Guerrero of Long Beach. During the search, 51 boxes of “Excaliber” and eight boxes of “Rolling in the Dough” fireworks were confiscated, with a value of more than $8,800, police said.
All fireworks, including those marked as “safe and sane” are illegal in Long Beach, police said, and violators can be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to six months in jail or both.
Those in possession of fireworks can voluntarily dispose of them in collection bins at the Lifeguard Headquarters, located at 2100 E. Ocean Boulevard, and at all police stations.
Anyone with information about people using or selling fireworks is asked to call Long Beach Police Dispatch at 562-435-6711 or 911. Anonymous tips may also be submitted by calling 800-222-TIPS, texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637) or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.
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