FIREWORKS CONFISCATED DURING 6/28/17 INVESTIGATION
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UPDATE: On June 30, 2017, detectives presented their case to the LA County District Attorney’s office, and they filed two felony counts against suspect Irving Martinez. He was charged with one count of felony possession of fireworks/pyrotechnics, and one felony count of an ex-felon in possession of ammunition. Martinez’s bail has been set at $125,000.00.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at approximately 3:15 p.m., North Division Directed Enforcement officers, responded to the 200 hundred block of East Adams Street to conduct an investigation after receiving numerous complaints regarding the sales of illegal fireworks, which resulted in the arrest of a male adult, and the confiscation of illegal fireworks, ammunition, and metal knuckles.
Officers made contact with 25-year-old Irving Martinez and determined he was a documented gang member on active parole. A subsequent search of the residence turned up 250 pounds of illegal fireworks, a variety of ammunition, and metal knuckles which are illegal to possess. Suspect Martinez was charged with: prohibited person with ammunition, possession of dangerous fireworks and violation of parole. He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $35,000 bail.
The Long Beach Police Department encourages those celebrating the 4th of July holiday to do so in a safe and responsible manner. We are reminding residents and visitors that all fireworks, including those marked “Safe and Sane,” are illegal in the City of Long Beach. Violators may be cited and/or arrested and faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or both. The fines and penalties may increase depending on the fireworks’ classification.
Fireworks may be voluntarily disposed of at collection bins located at all fire stations, Lifeguard Headquarters from 8:00am-8:00pm (2100 E. Ocean Boulevard, on the west side of the Junipero lot), or any police station.
If you or your neighbor would like flyers, posters, or yard signs to post in your home/neighborhood you can pick them up at Fire Headquarters (3205 Lakewood Blvd.) starting June 12, 2017 to July 3, 2017 from 7:30am-4:30pm or at the Neighborhood Resource Center (100 W. Broadway, Suite 550) starting June 12, 2017 to July 3, 2017 from 8:00am-5:00pm. You can also call and reserve them from the Neighborhood Resource Center at (562)570-1010.