Buyback program takes illegal fireworks off the streets

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MISSION HILLS, CA - JULY 2, 2022 - - LAPD Bomb Squad officers weigh illegal fireworks that were dropped off during the second annual Anonymous Fireworks Buyback Program in Brand Park in Mission Hills on July 2, 2022. The buyback program was sponsored by the office of city councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Gift cards for gas, Target stores and Starbucks, along with tickets for a Dodgers game, were given in exchange for fireworks. The gifts were determined by the weight of fireworks that were dropped off. LAPD and LAFD were on hand to accept the fireworks and provide a safe environment to drop off fireworks. According to Laura McKinney, communications director with Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez' office, over 200 pounds of illegal fireworks ranging from aerial mortars, to sky rockets, M-80s and M-1000's were turned in in the first hour of the event. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad weigh fireworks dropped off at Brand Park in Mission Hills as part of the Anonymous Fireworks Buyback Program. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The second annual Anonymous Fireworks Buyback Program at Brand Park in Mission Hills on Saturday was sponsored by the office of Los Angeles Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez.

Starbucks, Target and gas gift cards and tickets for a Dodgers game were exchanged for fireworks. The gifts were determined by the weight of fireworks that were dropped off.

The Los Angeles Police Department and Fire Department were on hand to accept the fireworks and provide a safe environment.

A man with gloves handles fireworks.
A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad officer breaks apart fireworks. According to Laura McKinney, communications director for Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, illegal fireworks including aerial mortars, sky rockets, M-80s and M-1000s were turned in. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
A woman stands next to a vehicle.
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez with gas gift cards for people who drop off illegal fireworks. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Empty boxes that were once used to store fireworks. LAPD removed fireworks from these boxes.
Empty boxes that were once used to store fireworks. LAPD removed fireworks from these boxes and placed them in another box for transport. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Illegal fireworks.
Some of the fireworks dropped off in Mission Hills on Saturday. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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