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Firework Shows Interrupted by Explosions that Injured Many in SoCal

Posted on July 10, 2013 | Written By: iadminlaw

A community park northwest of Los Angeles exploded during a fireworks show. Dozens of parties and celebrators were injured in the accidental explosion. Fire crews are searching for clues as they investigate the terrible accident.

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The community park remained closed after Thursday’s mishap. Some three dozen spectators, ranging from 17 months to 78 years old, were injured in the fireworks explosion. Fire and hospital officials said some had burns and shrapnel cuts while others were trampled on as the crowd rushed to safety.

Police initially said it appeared a firework detonated prematurely shortly after the show began, creating a cascading effect. But fire officials later said they needed more eyewitness accounts and details from the pyrotechnics company before determining a cause.

The Ventura County Fire Department completed its evidence collection Saturday at a Simi Valley park where between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators gathered days earlier to watch fireworks. Crews also gathered evidence in nearby Ojai, where a pyrotechnics operator was injured by a premature blast. A state fire official assisted in the investigation.

Cellphone videos taken by revelers will be reviewed as well. Unexploded fireworks, photographs of the site and scorched marks on the ground were all examined by the fire crews who wanted to estimate how far debris flew and how the explosion occurred.

In another fireworks explosion, this one at a high school in nearby Ojai, an unidentified pyrotechnics operator suffered injuries to his face, left arm and left leg.  The show ended 15 minutes early because of the accident which hurt only the operator.

The investigation may be over, but the accident’s cause, along with the Ojai incident’s, needs an in depth look to determine what actually went wrong to cause such a huge explosion and so many injuries. Despite the precautions normally taken with 4th of July activities, these explosions did still occur.

If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident of any kind, please contact a personal injury lawyer at iAccident Lawyer. These Ventura accident attorneys will assist you with a free evaluation of your case!

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