LOS ANGELES – On Saturday, a 27-year-old man was accused of illegally transporting large quantities of explosives he bought in Nevada, several of which left traces of damage and injuries after exploding near Los Angeles.
According to the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Arturo Ceja III faces federal charges.
On Wednesday, 17 people were injured in the explosion, including nine Los Angeles police officers and a federal agent. The explosion also flipped and damaged cars and smashed windows in houses and laundromats. The explosion can be heard several blocks away.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that Ceja has traveled to Nevada many times. Explosives were transported to his residence”. A statement.
He bought most of the explosives from the fireworks Dealer According to criminal proceedings against him, Parhump in Nevada.
The complaint alleges that the price of California fireworks is four times that of Nevada fireworks.
“Ceja told investigators that he bought homemade explosives from an individual who sold equipment in the trunk of a car-made of cardboard, amateur fuzes and filled with explosive flash powder. Honda“According to the complaint, in the parking lot of a fireworks dealer in Nevada.
Ceja does not have an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Administration or any other type of permit, “This will allow him to transport aerial display fireworks or homemade fireworks made of explosive materials, including but not limited to flash powder,” Complaint affidavit written by the agent to ATF.
Ceja will be held until he is scheduled to appear for the first time in Los Angeles District Court on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, about 10 pounds of homemade explosives exploded in a spherical containment on a tractor trailer. The rig was torn apart and unsteadily moved away from the South Los Angeles community during the Los Angeles Police Department’s safe handling of explosives, where it was found. A large number of illegal fireworks.
The one-ton container lid flew into the backyard two blocks away, smashed a lemon tree and damaged the house.
Experts say the explosion is very unusual, especially for law enforcement agencies that have the scale and resources of the Los Angeles Police Department. The explosion may be the result of human error—such as incorrectly sealed containers or material overload—or equipment defects, such as microcracks that grow over time and use. Or both.
Before the explosion, the police spent a day processing approximately 3,000 to 5,000 pounds (1,360 to 2,268 kilograms) of commercial-grade fireworks, which were discovered in Cejas’s home after being prompted early in the morning. The police found some of them packed in cartons on the terrace, stacked 8 to 10 feet (2.44 to 3 meters) high.
In Los Angeles and the unincorporated areas of the county, it is illegal to sell or own fireworks.