Flavor Flav's Fourth of July run-in with the law
While most celebrities were enjoying their Fourth of July weekend relaxing on the beach and spending time with their families, one star was busy getting in trouble with the police. Rapper Flavor Flav was cited twice by the Las Vegas police for having an illegal fireworks show at his home.
The 55-year-old musician, whose real name is William Drayton, Jr., has an annual party that has been the bane of his neighbors' existence for years. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he is accused of setting off thousands of dollars worth of fireworks.
Last year, his holiday party was ruined by TMZ who revealed that he planned to set off $8,000 worth of fireworks. The Metropolitan Police Department warned Flavor Flav that he would be thrown in jail if that happened, so he moved the party elsewhere.
A neighbor told the local periodical that Drayton had three or four pallets of fireworks stacked about four feet high. The former Public Enemy member set most of them off all at once in an effort to avoid police interference. However, the neighbors got to police quickly because they feared their homes would catch on fire with an errant spark.
The cops confiscated approximately 100 pounds of the remaining fireworks from his property. Flavor Flav sounds like he has learned his lesson this time around because he's moving the party out of the neighborhood.
He said, "I don't want to go to jail for fireworks."
However, he does liken his neighbors to Scrooge or the Grinch because "we all had a ball until the police came. It isn't like I do this every day."
His neighbors and the police certainly don't see it that way.