Former basketball player Gilbert Arenas has been arrested in Los Angeles for possession of illegal fireworks, according to a U.S. report.

The ex-Nba star was taken into custody in the early hours of Thursday morning (27Jun13) after California Highway Patrol officers pulled over his pick-up truck and discovered the explosives.

According to Tmz.com, the Los Angeles Police Department's bomb squad was called in to handle the haul of firecrackers.

Arenas, who last played in the Nba for the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2011-12 season, was also cited for speeding and driving without a licence, reports Tmz.com. He previously ran into trouble with the law in 2009 for storing unloaded firearms in his locker at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.