California struggling to get rid of seized fireworks

California struggling to get rid of seized fireworks

California is helplessly stockpiling thousands of pounds of banned pyrotechnic products being seized by police because there is no funding for a perfect disposal of the products.

Last month, police in Orange County took a person into arrest for trying to sell 500 pounds of fireworks. They also seized the fireworks and sent them to the state fire marshal, swelling the stockpile to more than 300,000 pounds, or 136,000 kilograms.

It costs nearly $10 per pound to transport and obliterate the banned pyrotechnic products, which are very popular among celebrators of Fourth of July, at disposal sites in Missouri or Louisiana.

Speaking about the issue, Assistant State Fire Marshal Mike Richwine said, "There is no funding source for this, which has contributed greatly to our stockpiles. Many decades ago, we would simply dig a big hole and burn the fireworks, but we are no longer allowed to do that."

California law allows people to crack certain types of fireworks during celebrations, but tons of banned pyrotechnic products are smuggled into California from neighboring state Nevada every year.

Apart from individual consumers, thousands of pounds of fireworks are used by various groups in outdoor firework shows across the United States on the Independence Day.

Meanwhile, a measure by Democrat Governor Jerry Brown to impose tax on legal fireworks to pay for disposal is stuck in the legislature amid severe opposition from Republicans.

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