BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Fire Department says Wednesday it has seized nearly a ton of illegal fireworks in Bakersfield.
The department posted a picture of the haul its arson unit confiscated on Instagram. A flat bed truck shows boxes of the 1,500 pounds of illegal fireworks. Officials said a tip led to the discovery of the fireworks Wednesday and are investigating.
Kern County fire officials said the department received more than 2,000 reports of illegal fireworks this past weekend. Last year, without a county reporting website, dispatchers received less than two dozen reports of illegal fireworks.
So far, the county has seen more than a 5,500% increase in illegal fireworks this year.
Illegal fireworks can be reported online at kerncountyfire.org.