LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Fireworks are great to look at, but in the wrong hands, they can be quite dangerous.
Deputies at LA County Sheriff’s Department Industry Station showed KCAL9 reporter Rachel Kim some of the 2,500 pounds of illegal fireworks they found at a home two days ago.
This bust is part of a well-orchestrated plan to get illegal fireworks off the streets before they hurt people and cause fires during this hot, dry season.
“Yearly, we get many, many injuries, structure fires, brush fires, because these things go up in the air and they must come down,” said Lt. Pete Cacheiro of the LASD Industry station.
“Each ball that comes out of the launcher is basically an incendiary device. I mean, they look pretty, they’re a firework, but if they land in any kind of brush, shrubbery or dry area, it’s gonna cause a pretty decent fire,” says Deputy Rene Arguelles.
Investigators are using social media and informants to find the illegal stuff coming in from other states and countries. They’re also using something called “shot spotters” to track them down.