Homemade Explosive Devices Land Local Teen in Jail

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Long Beach Crime

On July 1, 2013 at about 6:40p.m. Long Beach Police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block Adriatic Avenue in regards to a pyrotechnic investigation. The calling party told officers that someone was putting something into plastic bottles and then blowing them up.

Upon arrival officers located evidence of three separate explosions. Investigation revealed that no one had incurred any injury and no property was damaged.

A suspect was identified as Eric Lopez an 18-year-old resident of Long Beach. It appears that Lopez was attempting to get a head start on the Independence Holiday. He was subsequently arrested and booked for felony possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

Instructions on making these types of destructive devices can easily be found on the Internet and the mere possession of the materials with the intent to manufacture is a felony and punishable by imprisonment. It’s not only extremely dangerous for the person who is involved in making the device but also those around them. Serious burns, eye injuries, and death can result from this type of activity.

The Long Beach Police Department will actively enforce laws regarding the possession of all types of fireworks and other explosive materials. Anyone cited or arrested for fireworks violations may be faced with a $1,000 fine, sentenced to jail for six months, or in some cases sentenced to prison.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7250. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/.

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