Despite threats, Oakland illegal fireworks put on a big show

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Many in Oakland are complaining Monday night's illegal fireworks seemed worse than ever and with devastating consequences for some families.

Illegal fireworks in East Oakland Last night rivaled professional displays.

"It wasn't just cherry bombs. We're talking about major rocket launchers," said Preston Turner, an Oakland resident.

"It would take the National Guard out here to stop what I heard last night. It was getting active throughout neighborhoods in East Oakland," said Noel Gallo, an Oakland City Council member.

The city had sternly warned of strict enforcement and up-to $10,000 fines.

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In the end, the police department says they issued 57 citations, made 14 arrests and seized fireworks at 26 locations

The mayor's office issued a statement saying they weren't as successful in stopping illegal fireworks as they would have liked.

Neighbors say fireworks rattled their windows until 2 am

"The fact is, it got worse despite stern warnings," said Turner, adding he thinks it's a combination of enforcing the law and retraining.

But educating kids about the dangers of illegal fireworks isn't enough when adults are buying them.

"At the same time, that money could be used to buy your kids tennis shoes or a book to learn. To be able to come out here and fire off fireworks is wrong and not acceptable," said Gallo.
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