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Gilbert Arenas

Busted for Illegal Fireworks

(Lots and Lots of Fireworks)

6/27/2013 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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  Arenas was booked for misdemeanor possession, and has been released without bail. We're told there were 100 POUNDS of fireworks in the truck.

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Ex-NBA star Gilbert Arenas' 4th of July is gonna suck -- 'cause he got nailed by cops early this morning for illegal fireworks -- A TON OF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS -- as in a full truckload of 'em ... TMZ  has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Arenas was pulled over by California Highway Patrol around 2:30 AM in Los Angeles for speeding in a Ford pickup -- but officers immediately saw that the truck was filled with fireworks ... sitting in plain sight in the bed and cab of the truck.

We're told Arenas was arrested and will be booked for possession of illegal fireworks, and cited for speeding -- he was allegedly doing 80 mph -- and driving without a license.

It's unclear exactly how much fireworks were in the truck, but it was enough that the LAPD bomb squad was called to handle the illegal booty.

Our camera guy counted around 20 boxes being unloaded ... very carefully.

Arenas -- whose last NBA team was the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2011-12 season -- was infamously busted for gun possession when he brandished a loaded pistol in his Washington Wizards locker room back in 2010.

Dude has trouble with things that go boom.

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She's baaaack    

Awww poor thing

449 days ago
17.

devilgirl    

Don't know who this due is, but he needs to hang in a fireworks friendly state! Seriously? A bomb squad for a few Chrysanthemum Sunbursts, snakes and Bicentennial Blow Outs?! America has gone freakin nuts!

449 days ago
18.

shakedoggy    

didn't even have to look at the picture to figure out the article references an afrikan amerikan kriminal

449 days ago
19.

Mr. Velvet    

You need the bomb squad to deal with some fireworks? Only in California!

449 days ago
20.

MelissaM    

Where do all those fireworks end up after they are confiscated?

449 days ago
21.

Quinn    

If you are going to commit illegal activities while driving, hows about maintaining the speed limit? Actually following all the rules of the road would probably be a good idea.

449 days ago
22.

ibjujub    

In California, our governor let 17.000 prisoners loose without any jail time(AB109). I wish the cops would concentrate on repeat felons so my family is safe. Who cares are about fireworks. I bet it took 10 cops to handle. Our police have lost all confidence in California. I feel bad for them, but it's their fault things are falling apart in this state. Cops encouraged the unions to take all money for raises and pensions. We are in so much trouble in Ca. DO NOT COME HERE. It's very dangerous.

449 days ago
23.

Horndog    

What's the problem? Harvey sells illegal fireworks from the trunk of his car all the time.

449 days ago
24.

Edwood    

I'm so sorry I called him the N Word!

449 days ago
25.

Vote2012    

When are people in this sick crumbling country going to wake up. The government has taken away every freedom we once had. Fireworks were actually legal at one time, sure some stupid idiots blew off a few fingers, but that was a rare event. If a person is now caught with fireworks they are treated as if they belong on death row. In this sicko society the government now tells us what we can now eat, say, own and do. It's a joke to say the USA the home of the free and brave. We are not living in a free country, the government took that away. Wake up American before your country is gone. It's a big myth we live in a free country.

449 days ago
26.

billybob    

Wow, being a moron at its most blatant! Three strikes at once, get him out for some time i would say...maybe 6 months in county jail would be very nice :)

449 days ago
27.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Cali, right now, is prime real estate for wildfires. So I'm not sure about you folks but I'm not risking my house being burnt to down to a crisp just because of some mofo wanted to play with fireworks.

449 days ago
28.

Azi    

Calling the bomb squad, nothing like overkill.

449 days ago
29.

manbearpig    

speeding with a truck full of illegal fireworks and no license? yep, he is a smart one!

449 days ago
30.

John Smyth    

The Boston Bombers used fireworks to construct their bombs.

He should have been charged as a terrorist.

449 days ago
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