Illegal fireworks worth $1 million seized in Miami Gardens

Fire officials seize fireworks at Sky King Fireworks on Northwest 2nd Avenue


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Fire officials seized illegal fireworks with a street value of $1 million Tuesday, authorities said.

It happened at Sky King Fireworks at 17401 Northwest Second Ave. in Miami Gardens.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said it received an anonymous tip that led authorities to a space in the back of a warehouse.

Local 10 News has learned the fireworks that were seized vary, but all of them shoot and explode, which is illegal in Miami-Dade County.

Workers expressed their frustration that the same fireworks are for sale in Broward County, arguing that there is nothing to stop someone from purchasing them there and setting them off in Miami-Dade County.

"It's the same stuff TNT sells," worker Mitchell Fleischer told Local 10. "We carry the same exact stuff. I don't know what the big deal is."

The fireworks are illegal to sell in Miami-Dade County, but not to possess.

"Fireworks are very dangerous," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Michelle Fayed said. "They should be used only under the strictest supervision, especially for children."

Fayed said fireworks that shoot out of an object "tend to misfire and can explode in your hand and can cause a significant amount of injury."

No arrests were made.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said fire inspectors and state fire marshals will confiscate the illegal fireworks.

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