A total of 13 people were cited for fireworks use on the Fourth of July and now city leaders are looking to stiffer fines and better enforcement to ensure a more peaceful holiday next year.
With many changes already in place, the City Council wants to see how it can better enforce the city’s fireworks ban this year and in the future.
Residents can use the online portal to report addresses that are lighting off illegal fireworks and upload video or photo evidence to aid in the prosecution of those cases.
The item calls for a number of things including exploring increasing the city’s baseline fine of $1,000, tying fines to property owners rather than the person who is lighting the fireworks and creating additional opportunities for residents to report fireworks.
“The fireworks used now cause fear because people don’t know if they’re bombs or not,” said an administrator of the newly formed Long Beach Against Illegal Fireworks community Facebook page. “They’re not Gramma’s fireworks—they’re heavy on explosives.”
Two men, an 82-year-old resident of Paramount, and his son, a 54-year-old man from West Covina, were detained in connection with the fireworks and could face felony charges. Police did not release their names.
A 25-year-old parolee and documented gang member was arrested Wednesday by police after they discovered 250 pounds of illegal fireworks, a variety of ammunition and metal knuckles at a North Long Beach residence.
More than 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were confiscated and three people were arrested Monday night after an anonymous tip led authorities to a makeshift storefront set up in a garage at a North Long Beach home.
The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) announced yesterday the latest results of their continued efforts to enforce the city’s ban on all fireworks when they conducted several investigations this past week.
Police confiscated about $2,500 worth of high-powered fireworks and arrested three men on Monday as part of an investigation into the sale and possession of illegal fireworks in the city, Long Beach police officials announced today.