Mesa man arrested for selling illegal fireworks out of garage

suspect reportedly told police he "really loved" fireworks"

MESA, AZ – A man accused of selling illegal fireworks out of his garage was arrested Monday in Mesa.

Mesa police detectives received information that Chris Kleve was posting online ads for illegal fireworks for sale and went to his address, where they saw signs indicating fireworks for purchase.

Kleve admitted to police that he was selling the fireworks out of his garage. According to Mesa police, “an entire pickup truck bed of fireworks” was taken from the home.

The suspect reportedly told police he “really loved” fireworks and needed money to pay veterinary bills.

Police believe Kleve drove to other states to get the fireworks and returned to Arizona to sell them.

Cleve was arrested for sale and storage of illegal fireworks.

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