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Man cited for allegedly selling fireworks with fake seals

A man selling illegal fireworks from his home was cited Tuesday for possessing fireworks labeled with a counterfeit state fire marshal seal.

An anonymous tip to law enforcement led investigators to the man’s home Tuesday morning, according to a Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District news release. The unidentified man was cited and the fireworks were confiscated by the Fireworks Task Force and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department .

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The counterfeit state fire marshal seal was similar to the Safe and Sane seal typically placed on legal fireworks.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District officials advised against purchasing fireworks online. Legitimate booths sell fireworks manufactured by TNT or Phantom.

In 2015, Metro Fire’s investigation unit confiscated about 2,500 pounds of illegal fireworks, responded to 13 fires caused by illegal fireworks and investigated four firework related injuries, according to the release.

Cal Fire provides tips for lighting fireworks in a safe manner:

▪ Buy fireworks approved by the state fire marshal marked ‘Safe and Sane.’

▪ Have a bucket of water and hose ready when lighting fireworks.

▪ Light fireworks outdoors only.

▪ Use common sense and keep a safe distance when lighting fireworks.

Alejandra Reyes-Velarde: 916-321-1005