FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

California Law Enforcement Preparing for 4th of July, Smuggled Fireworks

June 26, 2007  | 

With the 4th of July just around the bend, California state and local officials are preparing to put a damper on the transportation of illegal fireworks into the state this year.

"We are here to tell the people who traffic illegal fireworks," says David Hillman, Cal Fire Chief of Law Enforcement and Fire Prevention, "that we don't care if you do it for fun or for profit. We are determined to put a stop to it."

State and local fire and law enforcement agencies say California continues to see a growing influx of illegal fireworks into the state by organized, commercial operations as well as small, individual, criminal entrepreneurs.

Statistics compiled over the last few years cite that in many communities people have looked up into the sky to witness dazzling fireworks displays that often last for hours and rival authorized publicly launched displays. This wasn't always the case.

Large-scale illegal fireworks operations that smuggle trucks full of fireworks from out of state have increased. At the same time, the number of officers has decreased.

"While 10 years ago this was a problem that local government could be expected to handle and control, today it will take a massive, coordinated effort between state, federal, and local agencies to stop the supply of these illegal items coming across our state's borders," says California Sen. Ron Calderon.

California law defines dangerous, illegal fireworks to include such items as sky rockets, bottle rockets, roman candles, aerial shells, firecrackers, and other miscellaneous types of fireworks that explode, go up in the air, or move about the ground in an uncontrollable fashion.

In California, possession of dangerous, illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor, which is punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 or by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year. Additionally, parents may be held liable for any fire damage or injury caused by their children using illegal fireworks.

Request more info about this product / service / company


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

New Jersey Law Mandates Video Systems in New Patrol Car or Body Cameras for Officers
Last week New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure into law that requires police...
Video: Texas Officer Saves Motorists from High-Speed, Wrong-Way Vehicle
Sharpen positioned his patrol SUV between the stopped traffic and the PT Cruiser that was...
Man Indicted for Killing New York Officer
Johnson, who was wanted on a parole violation, is accused of shooting Pierson as the...
Maine Couple Arrested for Videoing Officers Sues Portland Officer
The lawsuit, brought with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine,...
New Jersey Officer Dies of Cardiac Arrest on Duty
Officer Reinaldo Arocha Jr., 47, went into cardiac arrest at around 7:15 a.m. while...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine