The interdiction operations were conducted at the California Agricultural checkpoints in Yermo
(north of Barstow), Needles, in the community of Shoshone and the Death Valley area. The coordinated multi-agency operation resulted in five felony arrests including one for driving under the influence, 46 misdemeanor arrests and numerous citations for vehicle code violations. During the operation, officers made a total of 170 contacts. The operation also led to the execution of a search warrant in the City of Los Angeles where a large amount of illegal fireworks were believed to be stored.
“This is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when cooperating agencies work
together to prevent illegal activities and protect public safety,” said Hoover.
confiscated will not start a disastrous wildfire, set a home on fire or send a young child to the
emergency room.” Remember, illegal fireworks are just that, illegal.
Safe and sane fireworks are to only be used in approved localities. The public needs to understand that it is illegal to transport, possess, use or store even safe and sane fireworks in communities and rural areas that don’t allow their use. Safe and sane does not mean non-dangerous.
Checkpoints at Yermo and Needles, The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, The
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, County Sheriff’s Department, Inyo County District Attorney’s Office, CHP offices in Bishop and Barstow, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, San Bernardino County Fire Department, United States Forest Service, Southern Inyo Fire Protection District, and the Caltrans Shoshone Office.