Illegal fireworks are a zero tolerance in the City of Merced, Use a skyrocket or a barrel bomb and it could cost you up to $2,000. Keep using illegal fireworks or sell them and it could land you in court, as three men learned Friday.

Three men were arrested for sale of illegal fireworks Friday as part of the City of Merced’s Zero Tolerance campaign on illegal fireworks.

Officers from the DART team arrested two Livingston men and a Winton man on charges of selling illegal fireworks, advertisement of illegal fireworks and conspiracy to sell illegal fireworks. The following are the three men arrested, Jatinder Tumber 24-year-old, of Livingston, Baj Singh Chahal, 24-year-old, of Winton and Gurjit Singh 24-year-old, of Livingston.

Officers seized a large amount of fireworks and $666 in cash in an undercover operation. The three men were booked in the Merced County Jail.


This year the City of Merced has Zero Tolerance for illegal fireworks in an effort to cut down on fires, injuries, noise, lost pets and neighborhood disruptions.

The Zero Tolerance Policy is in effect for any fireworks not labelled “safe and sane” by the California State Fire Marshall. Basically, if it explodes or leaves the ground, it’s not safe and sane.

Extra officers will be on patrol over the Fourth of July holidays to enforce fireworks violations. There also is a special phone number and email for people to report illegal fireworks.

“The last few years Merced has looked like a battle zone with the sky lit up with skyrocket and the air-filled with explosions. It’s time for that to end,” said Council Member Kevin Blake, who asked for the increase

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