A tip by a member of the community led Anaheim Police to a home Thursday night where they found nearly 600 pounds of commercially manufactured dangerous fireworks and almost 10 pounds of commercially manufactured “Safe and Sane” fireworks.
Two brothers, 32 and 27, were arrested following a probation search by Anaheim Police Crime Task Force investigators at a residence in the 1500 block of E. Benmore Lane, the APD said in a news release Friday.
The dangerous fireworks included mortars, bottle rockets, roman candles, firecrackers and rocket stands.
Anaheim Fire & Rescue fire investigators, as well as investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad, responded to assist.
The fireworks were removed by the bomb squad.
The brothers told police they purchased the dangerous fireworks in Pahrump, Nev., and were selling them in the local community.
Detectives will present a criminal case to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in the near future, the news release said.
Joint fireworks enforcement teams consisting of personnel from Anaheim Police, Anaheim Fire & Rescue and Anaheim Code Enforcement officers will be conducting heavy enforcement of Anaheim’s firework regulations through the holiday.
In addition to potential criminal prosecution, violators may face civil fines of up to $3,000 for possessing illegal dangerous fireworks, and up to $1,000 for misuse of Safe and Sane fireworks.
This is the second consecutive year in which Safe and Sane fireworks are allowed in Anaheim in very limited circumstances.
Fireworks may be purchased at two locations in Anaheim beginning on June 28 through July 4:
— Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave.
— Brookhurst Shopping Center, 2297 W. Ball Road.
Safe and Sane fireworks may be used in Anaheim only on July 4 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., and only in designated areas.
For more information, Anaheim residents are encouraged to visit http://www.anaheim.net/fireworks