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8,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized from Norwalk storage locker

June 27, 2012 |  2:22 pm

More than 8,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized from a Norwalk storage locker.

L.A. County sheriff's deputies have seized more than 8,000 pounds of illegal fireworks worth an estimated $20,000 from a Norwalk storage locker, officials said.

Investigators found the fireworks Tuesday when they searched the business in the 10900 block of Firestone Boulevard after receiving a tip that a man who rented a locker there might have a "large quantity of illegal fireworks," Lt. Dana Chemnitzer said in a statement.

A sheriff's explosives team searched the facility with a dog about 11:30 a.m. and opened the locker after the dog signaled that fireworks were inside and deputies "believed this storage locker contained explosives, which presented an immediate threat to the community," he said.

Inside, deputies found 91 boxes of commercial-grade fireworks, including bottle rockets, mortars and roman candles, Chemnitzer said.

Investigators have identified a suspect but have not arrested anyone, officials said.

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Photo: More than 8,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized from a Norwalk storage locker. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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