The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has confiscated more than $5,000 worth of illegal fireworks, according to police.
On June 22, directed-enforcement officers from the North Division began working an investigation into the sale of illegal fireworks, which resulted in the confiscation. Officers located an online advertisement regarding illegal fireworks that were available for sale in the Long Beach area, and their investigation led them to the city of Compton, where a male adult suspect was located and fireworks found in his possession, according to the LBPD.
A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence turned up a cache of fireworks, which totaled 454 pounds of assorted high-caliber pyrotechnics, with a street value of over $5,000.
The suspect, identified as 30-year-old Derek Quinata of Compton, was cited and will be required to appear in court.
All fireworks, including those marked as “safe and sane” are illegal in the city of Long Beach, as they are in Signal Hill. Those cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be: faced with a $1,000 fine; sentenced to six months in jail; or both. The fines and penalties may increase depending on the fireworks’ classification. Fireworks may be voluntarily disposed of at collection bins located at lifeguard headquarters, 2100 E. Ocean Blvd., and at all police stations.