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.