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L.A. Sheriff Seizes 20,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks

July 04, 2012  | 

These illegal fireworks were seized in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Photo: LASD
These illegal fireworks were seized in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles. Photo: LASD

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies seized 20,000 pounds of illegal fireworks during busts in East Los Angeles, Willowbrook, and Norwalk during the past week, according to the department.

On Monday, deputies seized 4,000 pounds of illegal fireworks worth $10,000 from the front of a produce market in the 700 block of South Kern Ave. in East Los Angeles. Deputies confiscated powerful rockets such as "Devil's Thrill," "Triple Break Magnum Shells," and "Reapers Doom."

Victor Nolasco, 34, was cited and released for possession of illegal fireworks.

On June 27, deputies recovered 8,000 pounds of illegal fireworks worth more than $20,000 at a home in the 1600 block of East 124th Street in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

The fireworks recovered consisted of skyrockets, mortars, pyrotechnics, and explosives. Descriptions on the boxes included phrases such as "Warning, Shoots Flaming Balls," and included names such as "Eye Peeler," "Triple Break Magnum Shells," Give Me Attitude," and "King of Pyro."

Deputies arrested the home's resident, 71-year-old Aaron Pigee for possession of an explosive device, selling fireworks without a proper permit, and possession of a loaded unregistered firearm. Deputies also recovered two revolvers, a semi-automatic handgun, a bolt-action rifle, and approximately $10,000 in cash.

At 11:25 a.m. on June 26, deputies seized 8,000 pounds of illegal fireworks worth $20,000 from a public storage locker in the 10900 block of Firestone Boulevard in Norwalk.

A sheriff's Transit Services Bureau explosive detection K-9 alerted his handler to the 20-by-10-foot storage locker. Deputies found 91 cases of illegal fireworks containing mortars, bottle rockets, roman candles, and a variety of other commercial-grade fireworks.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is considering charges against the suspect, who is the registered owner of the public storage unit. No arrests have been made in the case.

By Paul Clinton

Tags: L.A. County Sheriff, Holiday Crimes, Illegal Fireworks


Comments (4)

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nate @ 7/5/2012 2:00 AM

Good work by the Sheriffs dept to get these dangerous explosives off of our streets. Now if we could seize 20,000 pounds of illegal aliens everyday then we would be getting somewhere.

S. Brown @ 7/6/2012 5:38 AM

If 20.000 pounds of illegal aliens WERE seized Obama would let them bak in anyhow so...........vote Obama OUT in 2012.

Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 7/6/2012 8:12 AM

The residents of East LA, Norwalk and Willowbrook shoot off 1,000,000 lbs of fireworks every 4th and Dec 31st. All that manpower, time, money wasted for a crime where the perp is issued a citation! And for only 20,000 lbs with a very low street value. Plus, I bet the deputies of the Century Station, Carson, Lennox and Norwalk themselves probably lit up a few thousand cherry bombs, its SOP.

I would think there are probably a whole lot of felonies much worse than illegal firewroks to go after. One reason I retired. No focus on real crime.

CM @ 7/6/2012 1:15 PM

Capt. D. Thanks for the refreshing take.

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