The San Mateo County Sheriffs Office announced Friday that it had seized 15,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, made 2 arrests and located $1 million dollars in cash.
The announcement comes after an investigation led to a major bust with search warrants in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. They arrested Jennifer Nguyen, 54, of San Jose and Sam San, 61, of San Francisco in connection to the sale and possession of illegal fireworks.
The investigation began in May.
There have been numerous complaints about the use of illegal fireworks this year and the Sheriff’s Office is working on ways to deter the sales and use of them in our communities. Through criminal investigations and promoting community awareness, the Sheriff’s Office is hoping for a safe Fourth of July holiday where the fireworks are left to the professionals.
As a reminder ALL fireworks are ILLEGAL in unincorporated areas within San Mateo County as well as Sheriff’s Office contract cities and towns and fines can be issued up to $1,000.
Please do not call 911 to report fireworks, instead call our non-emergency line at 650-363-4911. Don’t take the risk! Keep your family and community safe!
Reminder, in Contra Costa County fireworks are illegal. Here are recent headlines with more information, including an updated ordinance, increased fines and awareness.
- Contra Costa Fire Announces Multiple Illegal Fireworks Arrests Ahead of July 4 Holiday
- Contra Costa County Amends Fireworks Ordinance Board Meeting Emphasizes Public Safety and Wildfire Prevention
- Richmond Mayor Offers $2,500 Reward to Help Stop Illegal Fireworks
- Contra Costa Fire and Law Enforcement Caution Citizens of Extreme Fire Danger Related to Fireworks
- Oakley City Council Approves Fireworks Ordinance and Increased Fines in 4-1 Vote