Long Beach police seize more than 5,000 pounds of fireworks, arrest man in Los Angeles

A man was arrested and police seized thousands of pounds of fireworks and some illegal firearms when they served a search warrant in the Florence-Firestone area of Los Angeles, police said today.

Erik Ramos, 30, was arrested at 10 a.m. Friday and booked into the Long Beach Police Department at 12:43 p.m., according to sheriff’s inmate records.

Detectives had detained the Los Angeles resident after a traffic stop near the 1200 block of East 91st Street, according to Long Beach police spokeswoman Allison Gallagher.

Police seized 5,000 pounds of fireworks and some illegal firearms at the home, Gallagher said. Ramos was booked for carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle and for possession of dangerous fireworks, she said.

The charges were misdemeanors, with bail set at $10,000 and Ramos was released at 7:35 p.m. after posting bond, according to sheriff’s inmate records.

What led detectives to obtain a warrant and search the home was not revealed by police.

In a Facebook post at 10:34 p.m. Friday, the LBPD said: “In less than 10 days, our West Division officers seized 7 firearms from various prohibited possessors. The Long Beach Police Department has been focusing on the illegal possession of firearms due to an increase in firearm assaults in the city with the goal of keeping our residents safe.”

It also posted photos showing several boxes and some bins, which it said contained fireworks, noting “All fireworks are illegal in Long Beach and we will continue to work year-round on enforcement.”

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