One Ton of Illegal Fireworks Seized in Oakland

Police in Oakland, California, recovered 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks during an undercover raid, the largest amount ever seized in the city’s history.

Included in the haul were bottle rockets, mortar shells and m1000 fireworks, along with several weapons including two rifles, a TEC-9 assault pistol and a stolen .380 handgun, according to KTVU.

Two men, a father and son, were arrested for possession of illegal explosives and firearms.

The majority of the fireworks seized were of Chinese origin, police said, and featured names like ‘Color Bamboo Stick Sparklers’, ‘Flaming Ball Shooters’, ‘Jumping Jack Firecrackers’ and ‘Thunder Bomb Firecrackers,’ according to Mercury News.

Police say the amount of fireworks, which were in the attic of the house and in a nearby truck, could have easily leveled multiple houses.

The Alameda County Bomb Squad was called out to assist in seizure of the fireworks.

Police said the value of the fireworks was at least $75,000.

Gabriel Bueno, 65, and his unidentified son are being held at a downtown Oakland jail on suspicion of possessing a destructive device and an assault weapon. Bueno’s bail was set at $160,000.

One Response to One Ton of Illegal Fireworks Seized in Oakland

  1. gorden harris says:

    System should take a strong step against this matter. They definitely should be punished. And investigators asked from them what was their motive??

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