UPDATE: 28 Injured at CA Fireworks Show

By: AP
By: AP

UPDATE: 7:45am 7/5/13

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Police are still investigating but they say it appears a fireworks accident in California happened when a platform holding the fireworks tipped over, sending them shooting into the crowd, injuring 28 people.

As many as 10,000 people were attending the annual 4th of July show in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles. Officials say that instead of launching into the sky, a bright plume of red and white bursts spread across the ground.

Four people are hospitalized in serious condition, but their injuries are not life-threatening. Another 16 were taken to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. Others hurt were treated at the park.

Authorities estimate people were about 900 feet away from where the fireworks were being launched.

Officials say most people responded admirably and left in an orderly fashion.


SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Authorities say 28 people have been injured due to malfunctioning fireworks at an annual 4th of July show northwest of Los Angeles.

Twenty people were taken to hospitals late Thursday with minor to moderate injuries after the blast at a Simi Valley park.

Police say the detonation occurred about 9:20 p.m. A video clip shown on KCAL-TV shows a pair of firework blasts at or near the ground. It wasn't known how close people were to the blast's origin.

Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.


SIMI VALLEY, Calif.-- At least 14 people have been injured due to malfunctioning fireworks at an annual 4th of July show northwest of Los Angeles.

Police Cmdr. John Parks said a detonation occurred about 9:20 p.m. Thursday at the city-run Fireworks Extravaganza located in a large community park in Simi Valley. It wasn't clear how many people were in attendance but Parks said the event usually attracts several thousand revelers.

Jordan Roberts, a public safety dispatcher with the Ventura County Fire Department, said more than a dozen people were being taken to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

No other details were immediately made available.

Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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