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Costa Mesa Police Department
Friday June 20th, 2014 :: 01:25 p.m. PDT


U-Haul trailer filled with 500 pounds of illegal fireworks is seized.

Shortly before 8 p.m. last night, police officers responded to the parking lot behind Newport Liquor at 2200 Newport Blvd regarding the report of a male selling fireworks out of a red pick-up truck with a U-Haul trailer attached to it.

Officers met with 51 year-old Antonio Arellano nearby his red Dodge Durango with its attached trailer. Officers learned Arellano was selling illegal fireworks to local minors. Officers located over 500 pounds of illegal fireworks inside his trailer. Arellano had paid $2,000 for the fireworks in Pahrump, Nevada prior to transporting them into California to sell. Arellano was arrested for sales of dangerous fireworks to minors, and later booked at Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.

Costa Mesa Fire Investigators confiscated Arellano’s truck and the attached trailer containing the fireworks. An inventory showed the trailer contained dangerous fireworks which included approximately 300 mortars, 300 aerial fireworks, 300 Roman candles, 3,600 bottle rockets, 40 large sky rockets, over 600 M-150 type explosives, and over 11,000 firecrackers. Disposal of the explosives is scheduled for Friday June 20th at Costa Mesa Fire Station No. 4.

For further information, contact Battalion Chief Tim Vasin at 714-754-5204 or Communications Director Bill Lobdell at 949-887-2541.

This incident serves as an important reminder that only fireworks considered “safe and sane” and bear the State Fire Marshall’s Seal of Approval are legal in the city of Costa Mesa. These fireworks will only be sold between June 30th and July 4th at booths sponsored by local service groups, youth sports and philanthropic organizations. And, as always, you must be 18 years or older to purchase fireworks.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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