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DUBLIN (CBS SF) – Thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks were seized in the East Bay, according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

Police, along with and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad technicians have confiscated about 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in Newark, San Leandro, Hayward and Dublin in the last week.

“Each year we see injuries to people, especially young kids, from these surprisingly dangerous items,” said the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad in a tweet. “We all enjoy a spectacular fireworks show but illegal fireworks often do more harm than good.”

California-sanctioned ‘Safe and Sane Fireworks’ packages are legal in many parts of the state, including Newark, Union City and Dublin. They include an assortment of fireworks like sparklers and fountains, that stay on the ground and are not projectiles or explosives.

In Dublin, authorities seized a few hundred pounds of illegal pyrotechnics that were not ‘safe and sane.’

“Not a big seizure,” said Dublin police in a Tweet. “But a reminder these are very dangerous and impact vulnerable people and animals. We will have extra patrols out the rest of the week to address firework issues.”

A few hundred pounds of fireworks seized by @DublinCAPolice with ACSO Bomb Squad. Not a big seizure but a reminder these are very dangerous and impact vulnerable people and animals. We will have extra patrols out the rest of the week to address firework issues. pic.twitter.com/YKb6onzf8M

— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) July 1, 2020

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Fort Worth Fire Officials Warn Of Illegal Fireworks Use After Deadly Accident Last Year

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Fire Department is warning residents that using fireworks is illegal in the city, following an accident last July 4 that killed a teenager.

The department said any residents or visitors who are found selling, possessing or using fireworks can be punished with a fine and/or confiscation.

According to the department, it saw one death, four “significant trauma events,” five structure fires and 37 outdoor/grass fires on July 4, 2019.

Maneno Juma, 19, was killed after a firework exploded on him in a Fort Worth neighborhood, fire officials said. Officials said the explosion severely injured his hand, arm and chest and that he was in cardiac arrest when first responders arrived.

The teenager was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Fort Worth residents can report fireworks use to a non-emergency number at 817.392.4444, or 911 if there is an emergency.

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