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Police: NorCal man busted after offering $20k worth of fireworks on Facebook

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A Northern California man is facing felony charges after police say he offered thousands of dollars worth of illegal fireworks for sale through a Facebook posting.

After getting a tip about the social media offering, Salinas police say they contacted Daniel Escatel Alcocer through Facebook and struck a deal to buy the fireworks.

Police spokesman Sgt. Eulalio Villegas said in release Saturday that when an undercover officer went to Alocer’s home, Alocer led him to a large shed in the back where the fireworks were on display.

Once the undercover officer agreed to buy the fireworks -- which police say included small explosives and aerial fireworks -- Alocer was placed under arrest.

Investigators estimated the fireworks were worth about $20,000. In all, they weighed about 1,800 pounds, making the offer to sell such a large quantity a felony.

The collection was so large -- and potentially dangerous -- that firefighters had to be called in to remove the fireworks.

“These operations are critical. We work closely with the police department. We are very fortunate they were able to execute this operation today and get these dangerous fireworks off the street," Salinas fire battalion chief told television station KSBW.

"All of these fireworks detonate or explode or fly into to air and we have a significant history in the city of Salinas of illegal fireworks causing significant fire damage."

The 33-year-Alocer was booked on several felony and misdemeanor charges including possession and sales of illegal fireworks.

He was being held in Monterey County Jail.

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