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REGION: Authorities warn of illegal and dangerous fireworks

03 Jul

Authorities warned Inland residents Monday not to use illegal and dangerous fireworks, which are responsible for hundreds of injuries and fires every year.

Riverside County and Cal Fire officials urged residents to attend professionally sanctioned fireworks shows and not to use or purchase fireworks, which are largely banned in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

San Bernardino County authorities seized 13,000 pounds of illegal fireworks during a weekend checkpoint that wrapped up Monday near Barstow.

Illegal fireworks were to blame for a duplex fire Sunday morning in San Bernardino, leaving two families homeless.

Also in San Bernardino County, authorities confiscated fireworks in Yermo, Needles and near Death Valley. Five people were arrested on suspicion of felony charges and 16 others were arrested on misdemeanor offenses. The operation led to a search warrant in Los Angeles where a cache of fireworks were stored

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