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Police confiscate over 1,300 pounds of fireworks in East Palo Alto

Original post made on Jul 10, 2020

A series of operations to tamp down on illegal fireworks in East Palo Alto led police officers to confiscate 1,304 pounds of the devices and arrest nine people over the course of June and July, according to a report released this week.

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15 people like this
Posted by Maggie
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:55 pm

2 officers? No wonder it sounded like we were living in a war zone for weeks!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 10, 2020 at 5:59 pm

This must be a very small part of the total complement of what was there. I still hear a few most evenings lately. I am pleased they caught some and confiscated some, but it was obviously not a deterrent to those who still let them off night after night after night after night


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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm

Word on the street is the Menlo Park fire department was using drones to flag houses where people were setting off fireworks.


29 people like this
Posted by Fairmeadow
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 10, 2020 at 9:04 pm

Big Thank You to Law Enforcement!!!


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Posted by member
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 11, 2020 at 12:56 pm

A lot of the stuff pictured looks pretty tame compared to what people were shooting off on July 4th.


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Posted by MidtownMom
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 11, 2020 at 9:13 pm

FINALLY some decent police work here. It was an excruciating, helpless 6 weeks


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Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 12, 2020 at 6:39 am

About time, finally a sign our law enforcement was taking some action. The amount of fireworks this year was out of control this year , every night all night for weeks. More tougher action needs to happen next year.
I hope they can do some investigative work and find out who is selling these illegal fireworks and go after the source. Those holding large amounts of explosives should be given very stiff penalties as it's pretty clear if they have that much in their garage they are selling some of it to others.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Seems like the sophistication and quantity of these products has increased exponentially over the last few years, we're so far beyond the old "safe and sane" fireworks. Hoping some enterprising journalists look into how all of this stuff is being imported, it doesn't seem like Customs is up to the task of managing all of these explosives entering the ports.... wasn't this supposed to be a priority, for other reasons?


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Posted by JustSayin
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 13, 2020 at 10:16 am

Re: YP

The illegal fireworks comes from Mexico over the border in large quantities. It's nearly impossible to stop it and they always have eager customers. ¯\(°_o)/¯


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Posted by WRH
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

Were all of those fireworks heaped on a table in a room in the police station(s)??? Isn't that a rather risky thing to do given the fire hazard?? I hope that they don't store them in their evidence room until the trials. Store then in an unused outbuilding instead where than can't ignite or damage any any people or buildings if they suddenly ignite. Or, give them to the local bomb squad to put in a bunker.


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Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of another community
on Jul 13, 2020 at 11:38 am

My main concern is fire danger and injuries to innocent people, the noise is really annoying, but the danger of fire and unintentioned explosions is really frightening. There need to be harsh penalties.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 13, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Someone mentioned a drone. One went over my house during the afternoon. I thought it was a bird at first with it's wings pulled in - then the sun reflected off the metal pieces. And it disappeared in a flash. I had to stop and think about that and now am looking up and checking the sky for any more flyovers that are obvious to me. Does anyone know from where they are managing these fly overs? The airport? I am concerned that they interfere with major airport activity - interfere with landing planes.
As to fireworks - they are all over. I suspect in the industrial section off Charleston near San Antonio. At one point a lot were local.


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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 15, 2020 at 11:48 am

Great job - thank you - cheers to the police.


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Posted by EPA Resident
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Jul 28, 2020 at 2:13 pm

A BIG THANK YOU to law enforcement. I have a young child and the fireworks at night was making it very difficult for her to sleep. I've noticed a remarkable difference in the past week or so.


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