Oakland Police make big fireworks bust

June 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
On Tuesday night, Oakland Police found a large stash of professional-grade fireworks and arrested two men. They made the discovery at 40th Avenue and International Boulevard in the Fruitvale District.

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Every Fourth of July holiday many illegal professional-grade fireworks can be seen lighting up the sky. Police say the bust is one of those illegal shops where people buy them.

Police found a box of M-1000s that could have leveled the hole they found them in, if they all went off at the same time. Each one has the explosive power of a quarter-stick of dynamite. Police also confiscated mortars that can light up the sky with huge explosions of color.

The smaller bags of fireworks sell on the streets for about $50 a piece. The estimated value of what the police found is $50,000 to $75,000.

Oakland Police arrested two men around 8:30 p.m. They reportedly live in a residence with their families and police say a lot of the illegal fireworks were stored in the attic. Police also confiscated some weapons which included a tech-9, two riffles, and a stolen 380 handgun.

Police admit they believe this bust is just a fraction of the amount of illegal fireworks that's out there.

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