Calif. police seize 5K pounds of illegal fireworks being manufactured at house
Multiple firearms, tools used to manufacture fireworks and kegs of black powder were also seized from the residence
By Hunter Lee
San Bernardino County Sun, Calif.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Several homes were evacuated in a San Bernardino neighborhood on Monday, June 26, while authorities seized around 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks being manufactured at a residence, authorities said.
Around 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of West Evans Street after receiving a tip regarding the fireworks, according to San Bernardino police Lt. Jennifer Kohrell. A search warrant was served after officers found several fireworks caches in plain site at the home, including inside the residence, garage and a shed in the backyard.
Multiple firearms, tools used to manufacture fireworks and kegs of black powder were also seized from the residence.
Along with the residence being suspected as a firework manufacturing site, authorities say they also believe the home to be a store for firework sales from a makeshift carport in the driveway, Kohrell said.
Nearby residents in roughly 48 homes were evacuated on Monday and a temporary shelter was opened at Arroyo Valley High School while five bomb trailers were called to the neighborhood to assist with removing the firework materials, Kohrell said. Residents were allowed back into their homes late Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities were working to transport the fireworks and materials to a safe location for disposal.
One person was arrested at the residence though their name was not immediately available.
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