By CBSLA Staff

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — More than nine tons of fireworks were seized during an 8-day task force investigation into illegal fireworks across San Bernardino County, authorities said Tuesday.

(credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)

The task force — which included fire department investigators from Chino Valley, Colton, Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville – seized approximately 18,725 pounds of illegal fireworks and issued 99 citations resulting $111,250 in fines during the targeted enforcement along the 15 Freeway between May and June.

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(credit: San Bernardino County Fire Department)

“The use of illegal fireworks puts the public, our firefighters and police officers at risk creating an unnecessary burden and additional cost to our communities,” San Bernardino County Fire Marshal Mike Horton said in a statement. “We can’t go it alone. We need the public’s help in combatting this growing crisis.”

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The public can report the sales or use of illegal fireworks at sbcfire.org.

Reports can also be made at this website as part of a new cutting-edge app that helps people report or document illegal displays. Other jurisdictions are looking into using it as well.

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All confiscated fireworks were turned over to the state Fire Marshal’s Office for destruction.