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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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Tiff Bee    

REALLY,,, I bet when he was released he went home and relaxed with pilgrim soap company products,,, he has no real problems.

449 days ago
32.

AplMacLady    

They don't have anything better to do. This is not serious. Cops are so stupid. I see them all the time messing with innocent regular people and when an actual crime happens, they are nowhere to be found.

449 days ago
33.

mr.howell     

Another ex NBA criminal!..will it ever end!?..how do these guys slip through the cracks!?..what was he going to blow up!?..

449 days ago
34.

dreamer4u    

HELLO..note to self..when doing something illegal? Maybe do the right thing...what an idiot..how does one spell "stupid"???

449 days ago
35.

blockboy970    

Dam fireworks are legal alot of places. Wow he's a criminal smh Tmz sucks.

449 days ago
36.

nusox n draws    

how much college did he have?

449 days ago
37.

ikillu    

But fireworks are fun! Thats y i never buy illegal fireworks...in bulk!

449 days ago
38.

Stacy    

This is so ridiculous ! He wasn't firing up the fireworks! Our family has had $1000's of dollars of fireworks & we would pop with the whole neighborhood. Find a real criminal to arrest & prosecute!

448 days ago
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