Police in Long Beach seized over 1,000 pounds of high powered fireworks with an estimated street value of close to $10,000 during a series of raids on Wednesday.
Officers following up on online advertisement regarding illegal fireworks responded to a location near Long Beach and Artesia Boulevards, according to a news release from the Long Beach Police Department.
At the scene, police arrested 24-year-old Erik Alvarado-Ramirez of Compton and seized several mortars and other fireworks weighing approximately 100 pounds, the release stated.
A second ad led officers to a shopping center near Spring Street and Atlantic Avenue, where 25-year old Julio Flores, of Pico Rivera, was arrested for allegedly selling fireworks from his vehicle, police said.
Inside the vehicle, officers found a number of high powered fireworks, including mortars, a mortar tube, and several large boxes of miscellaneous fireworks, totaling approximately 200 pounds.
On the same day, officers confiscated 715 pounds of fireworks during a traffic stop and subsequent search of a home near 72nd Street and Orange Avenue, according to the release. During the search, officers seized 51 boxes of “Excaliber” and 8 boxes of “Rolling in the Dough” fireworks. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Sergio Guerrero of Long Beach.