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L.A. County Sheriff's Department to destroy 8,300 weapons seized from criminals [Updated]

July 26, 2010 | 11:47 am


The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will destroy 8,300 confiscated weapons Tuesday at a steel mill in Rancho Cucamonga.

The annual effort is known as Project Isaiah. The stash of weapons taken from criminals will be dumped from a series of tractor-trailers into the smelter at the Tamco Steel Mill, said Deputy Bill Brauberger, who described the event as a celebration for the Sheriff’s Department.

“It’s pretty exciting and very visual,” said Brauberger, who attended the event last year.

The Tamco Steel Mill has hosted the event for the last 17 years, he said. [Updated at 1:38 p.m.: Tamco donates its furnace, equipment and personnel to convert the weapons into rebar and will allocate the steel from the melted weapons to be used for upgrades to freeways and bridges in California, Nevada and Arizona.]

This year’s event will begin at 5 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

-- Sam Allen 

Photo: Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca holds a Ruger mini semiautomatic rifle at a news conference at Sheriff's Department headquarters, where he announced the destruction of over 8,300 weapons confiscated from criminals in Los Angeles County. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times