2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized at San Leandro warehouse

SAN LEANDRO — An estimated 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Friday morning in a raid at a building that had been converted into a clubhouse, officials said.

An assault rifle was also found on the premises and one person was arrested.

Sheriff’s deputies and the San Leandro Police SWAT team served a search warrant at the building in the  900 block of Estabrook Circle about 7 a.m.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the raid culminated an investigation that began recently on information that fireworks and guns were being sold out of the site.

The fireworks were “commercial high grade” and included primarily aerial rockets that Kelly said were worth “tens of thousands of dollars.”

Kelly said the  building used to house a garage operation but had been converted into a motorcycle club clubhouse that contained a bar, stage and stripper pole.

Kelly doubted if any of the fireworks were for personal use.  “It appears in all likelihood they were being sold for money,” he said.

He said deputies are working to determine the origin of the fireworks.

Kelly said it was “a significant find of illegal fireworks” that will result in a safer Fourth of July for people who might have wanted to purchase them. He said every year people using such fireworks “receive burn and blast injuries.”

The fireworks were removed by the Alameda County Bomb Squad and Kelly said they would eventually be given to the state fire marshal to be destroyed.

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