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County Officials Confiscate 2,500 Lbs. of Illegal Fireworks in Undercover Sting

Credit: Contra Costa fire.
Credit: Contra Costa fire.
Law enforcement officials arrested three people and confiscated more than 2,500 pounds of illegal fireworks Thursday afternoon in Pittsburg, a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District spokesman said.

Jose Francisco Hernandez, 22, of Richmond; Ivan Medina, 26, of Oakley; and Luis Amado Medina, 30, of Indiana, were arrested on suspicion on advertising and sale of fireworks without a license, transporting fireworks without registration, storing fireworks without a permit, possession of more than 100 pounds of dangerous fireworks and possession of dangerous fireworks without a permit.

Capt. Robert Marshall said Contra Costa fire investigators and Pittsburg police conducted an undercover sting after investigators saw an advertisement for fireworks for sale on Craigslist.

Marshall said investigators conducted an undercover buy that led to the arrests.

The value of the confiscated fireworks is still being determined, but Marshall said it will be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Marshall said the sale of illegal fireworks is common, especially so close to the July 4 holiday.

"We're really concerned, particularly with the current drought we are in," he said.

--Bay City News

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