In addition to seizing illegal fireworks, police also made a total of 38 arrests and issued 15 citations. While the number of arrests is on par with the previous year, arrests have gone up significantly from a total of 23 in 2020.
While hundreds attended parties with paid admission, such as the “block party” at the event’s host Boathouse at the Bay on Saturday, thousands of others lined the local beaches and streets or cruised along the water in their own watercraft for a free view of the pyrotechnics after the sun set on a warm and pleasant July 3.
The free 9 p.m. show will take place in Queensway Bay, with scenic viewing points throughout the area, such as Lions Lighthouse for Sight, Shoreline Village, Rainbow harbor, Marina Green and the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center parking lot.
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.