Undercover Operation Snags Illegal Fireworks
A special operation is underway to catch people trying to bring illegal fireworks into California from Nevada.
Monday, July 3, 2006
So far, undercover officers with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the State Fire Marshall’s Office have seized more than 14 tons of illegal fireworks. Authorities would not reveal how undercover officers made the seizures.
Department of Forestry Battalion Chief Doug Lannon says the fireworks have ranged from small items to larger explosives:
We’ve seized mortars, sparklers, roman candles, mini-tanks, lots of aerial shells, skyrockets, so there’s quite a variety coming in.
Lannon says the skyrockets can shoot up to 100 feet into the air and can cause grass and house fires. Some of the other explosives can cause the loss of a limb or even death.
The special state operation will last until at least the Fourth, and maybe longer.