It has been a while since Gilbert Arenas was in the news. But then his name popped up on TMZ this morning, and that is always a good thing, so let’s check in on him.

Hey TMZ, what’s up with Gilbert Arenas?

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 Califorrnia 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 LAPD bomb squad was called to handle the illegal booty.

Our camera guy counted around 20 boxes being unloaded … very carefully.

Let’s see here. July 4 is a huge fireworks day and July 4 is a week away — I think it’s pretty obvious that Gilbert Arenas was buying a ton of fireworks for his Fourth of July celebrations. That’s a crime as American as apple pie. (The speeding and driving without a license part are also very American, just not in a good way.)

And really, it being a crime is kind of a bummer for Gilberto Gil. I mean, if he lived where Chris Kaman lived, he could blow up all the fireworks he wanted and people would make a video of it for the internet. (He could do the same thing with guns, but please don’t tell Gilbert Arenas that part.) Obviously buying a ton of fireworks that you know are illegal and then speeding around in a truck without a license is stupid, but I’d be lying if I said I never drove to Indiana with my dad to do the same thing, sans the parts about the truck and license. The siren song of illegal fireworks is deafening for those of us living in states that prohibit anything besides Snap n’ Pops and those weird Python things. I’m not condoning it, I’m just saying I get it. I hope the California Highway Patrol at least puts on a little show with their seized sparklers.

This is what’s up with Gilbert Arenas.