News Story


Illegal Fireworks and Weapons Seizure and Arrest
6/28/2017 9:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Illegal Fireworks and Weapons Seizure and Arrest

Report Number:



656 Fourth Street, Fillmore

Date & Time:

June 28, 2017 / 7:00 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Fillmore Detective Unit and Patrol, West County Investigations Bureau, Sheriff's Bomb Unit, Sheriff's Gang Unit, Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(S) Alfredo Avalos




Earlier this month, sheriff's detectives obtained information indicating illegal fireworks were being sold by (S) Alfredo Avalos from his residence at 656 Fourth Street, Fillmore. Detectives conducted an investigation and believed Avalos was in possession of a large quantity of fireworks that are illegal in California.


On June 28th, detectives served a search warrant at the location and seized approximately 600 pounds of illegal fireworks. These fireworks were found throughout the residence, including kitchen, garage, and the bedroom of a minor child, and posed a significant threat of injury and fire, not only to the suspect's family, but to the public, as well. Three firearms were also found, including an AK-47, a stolen .22-caliber rifle, and an unregistered .22-caliber rifle.


(S) Avalos, who was not present at the time of the service of the search warrant, turned himself in to detectives later in the morning. He was arrested for the following charges and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility with a bail of $20,000:


  • Health and Safety Code Section 12305 ' Felony possession of an explosive
  • Health and Safety Code Section 12671 ' Misdemeanor possession of illegal fireworks
  • Health and Safety Code Section 12700(b) ' Misdemeanor fireworks and pyrotechnic devices
  • Penal Code Section 27545 ' Misdemeanor unlawful transfer of firearm
  • Penal Code Section 30605(a) ' Felony possession of assault weapon
  • Penal Code Section 496(a) ' Misdemeanor receiving stolen property under $950 (Prop 47)


'Safe and Sane' fireworks, bearing the seal of the State Fire Marshal, can be legally sold, possessed, and enjoyed in the city of Fillmore between 12:00 PM, June 28th, and 12:00 PM, July 5th. All other fireworks, including altered 'Safe and Sane' fireworks and fireworks that explode and/or launch into the air, are illegal in Fillmore and throughout Ventura County and the state.


Violators may be cited for violating the city municipal code and subject to a $1,000.00 fine, or they may be arrested for more serious crimes. If you witness any illegal activity, please call the Fillmore Police Department at 805-524-2233 or, if there's an immediate threat to life or property, 9-1-1.


Below are several safety tips to ensure you and your family enjoy a safe Independence Day celebration:


         If you witness a crime or fire in progress involving illegal fireworks, call your local authorities by dialing 9-1-1.

         Only 'Safe and Sane' fireworks bearing the seal of the State Fire Marshal are legal in the city of Fillmore. All other fireworks, including altered Safe and Sane fireworks and those that explode or leave the ground, are illegal.

         Kids should not play with fireworks. Fireworks are intended for use by adults in open spaces with plenty of active supervision for every child present.

         Always have a bucket of water on hand to dispose of fireworks and a hose connected to water ready in case of fire.

         Do not place fireworks in trash containers.

         Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns as well as blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. Teach your children what to do if their clothing catches on fire-'stop, drop and roll'-and how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Kevin Vaden


News Release Date:

June 28, 2017


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Javier Chavez, (805) 947-9128

Detective Bill Meixner, (805) 947-9391



Approved by:

Captain Jim Fryhoff