Newark police arrest 2 people after officers find van with over 600 pounds of illegal fireworks

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Newark Police arrested 2 people after finding a van with over 600 pounds of illegal fireworks.

NEWARK, Calif. (KGO) -- Two men were arrested after Newark Police says officers spotted them selling fireworks out of a van Thursday evening on Elm Street near Thornton Avenue.

Police say inside the van they found over 600 pounds of illegal fireworks as well as around $33,000 in cash. Because of the amount fireworks involved Newark Police called in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team.

The two suspects have been identified as a 19-year-old Newark man and a 53-year-old Pittsburg man. Both face felony possession of destructive or explosive devices, illegal sales of "Dangerous" fireworks, and possession of "Dangerous" fireworks without valid permit.

A video released by Newark Police shows a van filled with boxes of various explosives. Fireworks are illegal in Newark.

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