Authorities Seize Illegal Fireworks Ahead of July 4

Authorities are trying to keep people safe saying some fireworks are deemed illegal for a reason, but there are plenty that'll bring colorful lights, smoke, and noise to ring in Independence Day by the law.

By Christina Hernandez
|  Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013  |  Updated 5:41 PM EDT
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Illegal fireworks were flying off the shelves in Kendall on Wednesday, but it was the authorities taking them. They were getting busted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. NBC 6's Christina Hernandez brings you this story.

Illegal fireworks were flying off the shelves in Kendall on Wednesday, but it was the authorities taking them. They were getting busted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. NBC 6's Christina Hernandez brings you this story.

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Illegal fireworks were flying off the shelves in Kendall, but it was the authorities taking them. The tent was busted by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

Inspector Javier Camps said, "We're not going to allow things that fly and we're not going to allow things that explode."

For that, you need a special permit. You also need a special permit to sell them and what's for sale has to be on a thick, approved list by the Fire Mashall.

One tent in Opa-Locka passed with flying colors - even though people do come in searching for what's illegal.

Joshua Jenkins, a worker there, said, "You do have some people come in here and ask for that, but we don't offer that stuff here."

Just a few blocks away, two different things were removed. Not on the list was a noise maker something named "Spark Plug."

But it's not just the sale of fireworks sellers have to worry about. They also have to keep their eyes peeled for thieves. Fireworks can go for a lot of money. All of Arturo Martin's inventory was robbed last year on the 4th of July, even though a security guard was there.

"They get in the container, and he's at gunpoint," Martin said, talking about the security guard. "They empty it out and just drive away."

Authorities aren't trying to burn out anyone's fun on the 4th. They're just trying to keep people safe saying some fireworks are deemed illegal for a reason, but there are plenty that'll bring colorful lights, smoke, and noise to ring in Independence Day by the law.

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