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Estimated 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized at Fair Oaks home

An estimated 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized at a Fair Oaks home.
An estimated 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized at a Fair Oaks home. Photo courtesy Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

A man identified by authorities as a convicted felon was arrested Wednesday after an estimated 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were found at a Fair Oaks home.

The Arson Task Force, made of up Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District arson investigators and Sacramento County sheriff’s bomb squad detectives, confiscated the illegal fireworks at a home on Copley Court, according to a Metro Fire news release.

John Guill, 59, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of illegal/dangerous fireworks for sale in excess of 1,000 pounds. Metro Fire officials said the task force had received a tip from a concerned citizen, which led to a search warrant and the arrest. Guill was booked into Sacramento County jail.

Fire officials said this is one of the largest seizures of illegal fireworks ever in Sacramento County. They will be turned over the the state fire marshal and destroyed.

In contrast to what is sold at fireworks stands, illegal fireworks explode, leave the ground, send sparks higher than 12 feet and pose a significant fire danger, as well as a high risk for serious injuries, fire officials said. The task force has announced zero tolerance for anyone found buying, selling or possessing illegal fireworks.

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