The State Fire Marshal’s Office seized an illegal shipment of fireworks in Des Moines this week, including artillery shells, cakes, fountains, and aerials with an estimated wholesale value of over $9,000.
An employee at the moving and storage facility notified the South King Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal that a container at the facility likely contained illegal fireworks.
Federal, state and local agencies were notified and convened at the storage facility on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 to investigate.
They discovered 131 boxes – over two tons – of illegal consumer fireworks.
The containers were being shipped from Olympia to Honolulu, where these types of consumer fireworks are illegal and require a fireworks import license. All shipments of hazardous materials, including fireworks, requires a bill of lading and proper placarding to be placed on the shipping container – this shipment had neither.
“At this time the investigation is still ongoing and charges in connection with this investigation are still pending,” said State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy.