LOS ANGELES – City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has filed two criminal cases as part of a coordinated effort between his office, the Los Angeles Fire Department, Port Police and the Department of Street Services to crack down on suppliers of illegal and dangerous fireworks. Inspections this week in the Santee Alley in Downtown have resulted in the confiscation of more than 700 pounds of illegal and dangerous fireworks. Additional inspections will be ongoing leading up to the July 4th Independence Day Holiday.
“As we approach the Independence Day Holiday, my office will continue to be resolute in prosecuting those selling dangerous and illegal fireworks,” said City Attorney Feuer. “Illegal fireworks pose a significant fire danger and a serious safety risk, especially to kids.” Children under the age of 15 account for 40% of all injuries sustained by fireworks use.
Gregorio Corral, 42, was charged with three criminal counts including unlawful sale and possession of fireworks, possession of fireworks without a permit, and unlawful possession or sale of fireworks in the City of Los Angeles. Lopez was allegedly selling dangerous and illegal fireworks including smoke balls, sky rockets, sparklers and other devices containing combustible or explosive substances at 1246 Olympic Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles.
Jose Ramon Ochoa, 46, was charged with one count of unlawful possession or sale of fireworks in the City of Los Angeles. Ochoa was allegedly selling over 200 packages of sparklers at 1230 East Olympic Boulevard in Downtown Los Angeles.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Assistant City Attorney Patricia Bilgin and Deputy City Attorney Elise Ruden of the Environmental Protection and Justice Unit are prosecuting the cases.