At least 16 people were injured and several cars were damaged when a cache of illegal fireworks confiscated by Los Angeles officials exploded on Wednesday. Of the injured, 10 were law enforcement officers with minor injuries. Three civilians were seriously injured and three others were injured in the blast.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a tweet that it was uncertain what caused the explosion in South Los Angeles.
“As a precaution, some fireworks were being placed in our bomb squad trailer,” the department tweeted.
According to CBS Los Angeles, officers at the scene shouted “fire in the hole” several times and walked away from the trailer shortly before the explosion.
Sky9 reporter Desmond Shaw told CBS Los Angeles that he thought the explosion would be a regular explosion, “and then it went catastrophically wrong … After that, we felt the explosion in here, and it made my head spin.” shook. A little bit.”
Fireworks cash worth more than £5,000 was seized from a home in South Los Angeles on Wednesday. Bomb disposal squads and investigators were on the spot as officers loaded fireworks into a semi-truck in a nearby street.
Police Chief Michelle Moore told CBS Los Angeles that officers found what they described as “improvised explosive devices” that were placed in a container, then detonated around 6:40 p.m., though a bomb The technician believed the vessel should have been capable. Safely disposing of the equipment, Moore said hpned something “disastrous”.
“Something happened to that control vehicle that shouldn’t have happened, and we don’t know why, but we intend to find out,” Moore told the station.
In addition to illegal fireworks, officers found two children at the home, and officials were planning to open a child endangerment case with the Department of Child and Family Services.
A 27-year-old was detained on suspicion of possessing destructive devices, possessing fireworks and endangering children. Police claim that the suspect had brought the firecrackers out of the state and was planning to sell them before the July 4 holiday.