The Long Beach Police Department is dedicating additional officers to increase enforcement on illegal fireworks and to respond to areas where fireworks.
Police seized 5,000 pounds of fireworks and some illegal firearms at a home.
The City of Lakewood held a fireworks show Friday night in a makeup to its July 4 celebration that was postponed earlier this year.
All professional firework shows, gatherings and block parties were not permitted by the city in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
This year is unique; the reason why likely has to do with the health pandemic that has forced people to stay home.
While fireworks have long been a problem in Long Beach, it’s unclear if things are getting worse, but no one is saying they’re getting better.
“They told us, ‘We heard two loud booms from the parking garage and saw a shadow of a person running in the area,'” Deputy Chief Eric Herzog said. “Obviously that would get our attention right away.”
The police and fire departments had also seized nearly 10,000 pounds of fireworks total and arrested eight people since Memorial Day weekend.
Here’s a list of fireworks shows happening in Long Beach and neighboring cities.
“We are telling people to celebrate safely, and they can do it without fireworks,” Lee said. “We are also saying, if you need fireworks as part of your celebration, go to a professional show.”