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Fireworks traffickers get popped before the Fourth

Fireworks traffickers get popped before the Fourth

Tulare County Fire Department confiscates 752 pounds of illegal fireworks outside of Visalia, two suspects were arrested

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TULARE COUNTY – While fireworks are supposed to go off on the Fourth of July, some fireworks traffickers got popped on July 2 by the Tulare County Fire Department.

Ahead of the holiday weekend, Tulare County Fire Department Investigators received a tip regarding illegal fireworks that were brought into the county within the last week. The dangerous fireworks were transported to Tulare County with the intent to sell. On Tuesday, July 2, a search warrant was served on a house in the 15000 block of Water Avenue, outside the city of Visalia. Tulare County Fire Department investigators, along with units from the Tulare County Sheriff Department served a search warrant on the property. 

During the search, 752 pounds of illegal fireworks were located in the residence and vehicles on the property. One weapon was recovered during the search. Two suspects were arrested for possession, transporting and selling dangerous illegal fireworks. No one was injured during the incident, and two others on the property were arrested for unrelated charges by the Tulare County Sheriff Department. 

Even though these illegal fireworks were taken off the street this year, TCFD know there are others who bring illegal fireworks from out of the state and into Tulare County. Early last week Tulare County Fire Department responded to a report of a grass fire that was found to have been caused by illegal fireworks. The person was cited and the remaining illegal fireworks were confiscated. This grass fire was contained to an approximately 10 feet by 10 feet spot of grass. Last year the TCFD responded to 14 calls related to illegal or careless use of fireworks. 

Tulare County Fire Department said in a statement that fireworks must have the State Fire Marshal’s seal on them and can only be purchased at licensed fireworks stands. 

“Always read directions and have an adult present when using these fireworks. Never use in dry grass and keep a water hose nearby when using fireworks. Remember fireworks are exciting and fun but are not toys and can be dangerous,” the statement read. 

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