Gilbert Arenas, back in the day. (Jonathan Newton / Washington Post)

Gilbert Arenas’s decision to drive with a load of illegal fireworks in his truck has backfired.

When Arenas, the former Washington Wizards star, was pulled over for speeding early Thursday morning in Los Angeles, authorities discovered that his Ford pickup truck was chockful of illegal fireworks — more than 20 boxes of them, according to There were so many explosives, in fact, that the Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad was called to the scene.

Arenas was doing around 80 miles per hour when he was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol at about 2:30 a.m. PDT, TMZ reports. That’s when officers spotted the fireworks in the truck’s bed and cab. Arenas, according to TMZ, was released just before 7 a.m. PDT and was charged with misdemeanor possession. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the incident for USA Today.

Arenas, who still has over $60 million left on his NBA contract, was arrested in 2010 for gun possession after a weapons incident in the Wizards’ locker room. He was charged with a felony, but reached agreement on a plea deal. He received a sentence of two years of probation and 30 days in a halfway house.

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