East Palo Alto police cited 10 people and took one person into custody for illegal possession of fireworks during a July 4 that filled the city with thousands of explosions on Monday night.
This year's detonation of fireworks caused more noise and went on longer than in past years, some longtime residents said. The igniting of mortars, bottle rockets, fountains and other explosive devices occurred despite a major arrest and confiscation of more than 600 pounds of fireworks just days before the Fourth of July celebration.
Police arrested Michael Burt Fields, 54, on June 30 for felony possession of fireworks and explosive devices after serving an arrest warrant at a Gardenia Court home. The confiscated fireworks had a $12,000 street value, police said.
But that did not stop some residents from firing off thousands of fireworks and explosive devices, including some guns.
Police Commander Jeff Liu said he estimates that police confiscated hundreds of pounds of illegal fireworks and explosive devices from residents Monday night.
In all, 11 people were arrested. Ten who were apprehended received citations and one person was booked into the Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City, Liu said.
"The only person who was booked was because he was too drunk to care for himself," Liu added.