By Susan A. Neufeld
San Bernardino County, CA – Over 33,000 pounds of dangerous and illegal fireworks were confiscated, through weeks of interdiction operations conducted by a multi-agency task force led by San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Fire Investigations Unit. County Fire Investigators issued 146 citations, totaling $182,500 in fines, for possession of illegal fireworks.
“San Bernardino County has a zero tolerance policy for bringing any and all illegal fireworks into our communities. Anyone attempting to smuggle these dangerous explosives into the county will face a minimum $1,250 fine, and a misdemeanor or felony charge, with the possibility of arrest,” Fire Marshal Mike Horton said. With San Bernardino County facing a dangerous wildland fire season, the San Bernardino County Fire department (SBCoFD) has increased it’s vigilance in enforcing state and county firework laws to protect public health and safety.
The multi- agency task force includes representatives from SBCoFD office of the Fire Marshal, Chino Hills Fire, Loma Linda Fire, Ontario Fire, Rancho Cucamonga Fire and Rialto Fire. Investigators also teamed up with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Arson/Bomb Squad to utilize K9’s trained to sniff out explosives.
Illegal fireworks can be reported to local authorities or to We Tip at 1-800-47 ARSON or We Tip.com.