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Newport Beach Police Department
Friday June 29th, 2018 :: 01:00 p.m. PDT


Press Release: Arrests and Seizures of Illegal Fireworks

Over the past weeks, the Newport Beach Police Department’s Detectives have been conducting undercover operations to address the sale of illegal fireworks through Craigslist and other online classified ads.  To date, the department has made three arrests and seized over 630 pounds of Dangerous Fireworks.  (The names and identities of these arrestees are currently being withheld, pending ongoing undercover activity.)
All fireworks are illegal to use, possess, buy, or sell in the City of Newport Beach.   All fireworks sold and used in California are required to have the state Fire Marshal Seal of Registration.  It is a misdemeanor to possess, store, or transport fireworks without this seal in the State of California.  Possession of Dangerous Fireworks (e.g., Aerial Shells, Roman Candles, Firecrackers, Bottle Rockets, etc.) is also a crime; it is a misdemeanor to possess up to 100 pounds, and a felony to possess more than 100 pounds without a permit.  Possession of Dangerous Fireworks can result in fines up to $5,000.  It is important to note that Explosive Devices (e.g., M-80s, M-100s, M-1000s, Bottle Bombs, etc.) are not fireworks and are extremely dangerous.  These devices should never be handled by untrained personnel.  Possession of any Explosive Device is a felony.
In addition to the legal aspects listed above, illegal fireworks and explosives are a significant safety concern.  Fireworks cause property damage, fire, injury, and even death.  As part of our commitment to keep the people and property of Newport Beach safe, we will continue our pro-active fireworks enforcement efforts up through the 4th of July holiday.  Additionally, officers will respond to reports of illegal fireworks activity throughout the City and take enforcement action as required.  All residents and visitors should be aware that fireworks laws will be strictly enforced.
Residents and visitors with fireworks-related issues and concerns are encouraged to call the Police Department’s tip line at 1-800-550-NBPD.  For a timely response to current firework activity, please contact our business line at 949-644-3717 and provide any available information on the source of the activity.


Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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