San Bernardino County Fire Department has seized about 40,000 pounds in illegal fireworks since an operation began in June. A special interdiction team spent countless hours confiscating the fireworks. Th team distributed hundreds of warnings issued 245 citations which resulted in a total of $306,250 collectively in fines.
The team also followed up on tips from the public, reporting the sale and use of illegal fireworks.
“The San Bernardino County Fire Department will remain vigilant each and every year to protect our communities from the risks associated with dangerous fireworks,” Fire Marshal Mike Horton said. “I want to thank the amazing men and women of the taskforce for their tireless efforts to protect the residents of San Bernardino County.
Under California law, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air, or move along the ground are considered dangerous and are illegal to possess without a permit. That includes firecrackers, skyrockets, roman candles, mortars, and “chasers” that dart along the ground, and safe and sane fireworks that have been modified.