Overstepping their boundaries

TRUCKEE — As the Fourth of July approaches, law enforcement agencies statewide are already on the lookout for fireworks smugglers at various points along California’s border.

Throughout the week Cal Fire, in conjunction with the US Forest Service, State Parks, Fish and Wildlife and Truckee Police, has been confiscating illegal fireworks at the California Food and Agriculture Inspection Point in Truckee, a checkpoint near the Nevada border.


At the Food and Agriculture Inspection Point….. seems like if you don’t get popped for having an illegal head of lettuce, it would be unlawful search and seizure.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee, you can buy your fireworks year round at gas stations.

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22 Responses to Overstepping their boundaries

  1. lineman says:

    Well that just goes in to my earlier comment and just proves those wild “conspiracy theorists” right about what those checkpoints would be used for later on…

    • Wirecutter says:

      I’ve passed through that particular checkpoint hundreds of times without being stopped and searched a single time, but always expected to be for one reason or another.

  2. beaners! luis says:

    But illegal aliens get walked right through.

  3. Free Citizen says:

    You could also shoot your eye out, kid. Just when you think that California cannot get any lower or stupider

  4. Elmo says:

    Did you notice Cal Fire Law Enforcement in the video? Firemen with guns.
    Next year it will be CA DOJ Special Agents, inspecting for contraband ammunition purchased at Cabelas, Verdi.
    Welcome to the Police State of California. Enjoy your visit.

  5. Unclezip says:

    Vancouver, Wa. just enacted a total ban on any fireworks, all the way down to sparklers.

    • Wirecutter says:

      That’s fucking ridiculous. It rains in Vancouver every day, no fire danger.

      • FormerFlyer says:

        Um, actually. . . . . We had record rainfall this winter and spring, growing record amounts of grass and vegetation. To top it off, it hasn’t rained in several weeks, but has been over 100 degrees a couple times, meaning the grass has reached that tipping point between “Fuel” and “Tinder”.

        And, at the dog park this afternoon, saw families setting off fireworks in broad daylight, yards from the park, setting EVERY dog into panic mode. Lots of fights, terrified dogs, chaos, etc. People stupid enough to chance a $500 ticket in public, while risking the life and health of dogs and people, are probably not a good judge of whether fireworks are safe this year. Maybe Vancouver made a hasty judgement, but I could provide video evidence that maybe they DIDN’T!

        ::Written from Vancouver, WA.::

  6. Jimmybubba says:


    Americans smuggling fireworks to celebrate their freedom and independence from tyrannical rule. If they are caught, they will be fined, imprisoned, or killed if they protest or resist.

  7. Angel says:

    The Wizzards titty bar outside of Borger sells fireworks. “Now welcome to the stage, Sexy Sage and her Spinning Sparklers.”

  8. ccwardjr says:

    Most of the good stuff is illegal in Colorado. Drive to exit 2 on I-25 in Wyoming there is nothing but Colorado plates in the parking lots of the fireworks stores.

    • Timbo says:

      Same as when i was a kid….
      100 mile drive from Denver to Cheyenne, for a few gross of bottle rockets – to shoot at each other!

  9. usexpat says:

    We have about the same number of fireworks stores in the nearest decent sized town (1,660) here in WI as we do gas stations and firearms, 3. Course one of the firearm stores sells booze too. Seems more popular than Cabela’s too. For some reason?

  10. Terry says:

    The volunteer fire department in Roan Mountain (city in the east Tennessee mountains) sell fireworks for the 4th of July. Just there two weeks ago, signs were out. Does the VFD in Macon County do the same?

  11. M. Sage says:

    I’ve been stopped at those checkpoints before. I’ve also smuggled produce past them, because fuck those petty tyrants.

  12. FriscoKid says:

    “The more laws, the less justice.” – Cicero

  13. California Southpaw says:

    I’ve driven through that checkpoint many times with, hold on to your hats, ammonitions (sic)and magazines!
    And usually a hangover and never had a problem.

  14. Tom says:

    We just get waved through the one at Hallelua (sp) Junction, 395 north of Reno. They look at the plates and barely slow us down. If I wanted to smuggle in a load of fireworks, I know plenty of ways around the bug stations.

  15. Antibubba says:

    Tennessee isn’t going to burn top the ground if a Roman Candle goes astray. We have enough idiots with fire as it is.

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