More than $12,000 in illegal fireworks and explosive devices were seized on Thursday when authorities searched an East Palo Alto home as part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal distribution of fireworks, according to the East Palo Alto Police Department.
Police officers executed a search warrant at a home on Gardenia Court and confiscated more than 600 pounds of high-grade fireworks and explosive devices, similar to large barrel bombs, according to a police press release. The seized explosives had a street value of more than $12,000, police said.
The officers also located a small marijuana-growing operation at two locations in the backyard of the home, police added.
Michael Burt Fields, 54, a resident at the home was arrested and booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility for felony possession of fireworks and explosive devices.
"The use of fireworks in our community causes a variety of public safety issues. If there was a fire in this residence, the explosion and fire would have destroyed the house and likely spread to the adjacent houses causing a significant damage and jeopardized the lives of many people," Police Chief Albert Pardini said in a statement.
Members of the San Mateo Sheriff's Bomb Squad, San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force and Menlo Park Fire Protection District participated in the operation.