Neighborhood evacuated after police find large stash of illegal fireworks in Azusa

 stockpile of illegal fireworks inside Azusa home.
Investigators in Los Angeles County evacuated residents of a neighborhood in Azusa Monday after fining a large stockpile of illegal fireworks inside a home. Photo credit Pete Demetriou

AZUSA, Calif. (KNX) - Investigators in Los Angeles County evacuated residents of a neighborhood in Azusa Monday after finding a large stockpile of illegal fireworks inside a home.

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Authorities told people living in the 900 block of West Hollyvale Street to leave until at least Monday night as police closed off the area to investigate and “render the material safe.” The evacuations began about 3:30 p.m. in the neighborhood near the Foothill (210) Freeway.

Investigators from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County Fire Department Arson Unit found “a large amount of illegal fireworks” inside a home after serving a search warrant, according to the Azusa Police Department.

A bomb squad was dispatched to the scene. Police expected to bar residents from their homes until at least 8:30 p.m.A massive explosion injured more than a dozen people and damaged homes in a South Los Angeles neighborhood after police found a cache of fireworks in a house in July 2021. Officers miscalculated the weight of the explosives while trying to detonate them, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives report.

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