A tip from a citizen led to Glendale officials discovering nearly 4,000 pounds of illegal fireworks.
The seizure took place June 25 near 75th and Northern avenues.
According to a release, a citizen alerted Glendale officials to what they believed was an illegal sales operation out of a residence.
Fire inspectors arrived and managed to locate nearly 4,000 pounds of fireworks and explosive materials, the release states. All of those seized during the operation are prohibited from use within the Glendale, officials said.
Fire personnel said had the explosives caught fire, the damage to the home and the surrounding area could not only have been severe but may have caused fatalities. Currently, charges are pending on the individuals living in the home in possession of the fireworks.
Every year, thousands of people are rushed to emergency rooms due to injuries they sustain from fireworks, the release states. By taking such a large amount of fireworks off the streets, Glendale fire officials are hopeful they may have prevented the injuries of hundreds of people this upcoming holiday weekend.
Out of those injured during firework accidents, 50% of those injuries are burns, immediately followed by injuries to the hands and fingers, according to the release.
"The Glendale Fire Department also wants to remind people that safety in [sic] our number one priority," the department stated. "Weather conditions in the area have been extremely dry and windy. Those are prime conditions for brush fires. We have seen one of the busiest brush fire seasons across the valley already this year. If families do choose to use approved forms of fireworks, we encourage close monitoring of children. The use of fireworks is always prohibited in public places including parks and streets. Many public fireworks displays have been cancelled due to conditions and those choosing to set off approved fireworks on their own should take as many precautions as necessary to keep their families and homes safe."