A police operation to remove thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks
from a home in South Los Angeles
on Wednesday resulted in an explosion
that injured people
, destroyed cars, and left debris strewn throughout the neighborhood.
According to a Los Angeles Police Department
spokesperson, an anonymous tip led officers to East 27th Street, where they seized over 5,000 pounds of fireworks from behind a house
Arturo Cejas III, a man, was arrested on suspicion of possessing destructive devices.
said in an online statement that the bomb squad was in the process of removing the fireworks when they exploded.
“Some of the fireworks were being stored in our Bomb Squad trailer
as a precautionary measure, and it is unknown at this time what caused an explosion,” the statement said.
The spokesperson declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the explosion, but stated that more information would be provided shortly.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it was on standby for the police department's disposal of the fireworks when "a large explosion occurred."
The Los Angeles Fire Department said several structures sustained varying degrees of damage, and its urban search-and-rescue task force was assessing the structural integrity of the most severely damaged building on the street.
stations remained on the scene late Wednesday, according to KCAL-TV, which reported that the explosion occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. during a planned detonation.
alyssaacasillas @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/bz0epXHUUr — Jessica Oh (@JessicaOhTV) July 1, 2021
I don't think it was supposed to happen like this! @CBSLA @JeffVaughn @CBSLAsuzie pic.twitter.com/swUVlodoWi — Desmond Shaw (@RoadSageLA) July 1, 2021
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Fire Department says nine people are being evaluated following an explosion during a planned fireworks display in South Los Angeles. The LAFD's Urban Search and Rescue
task force was said to be on the scene assessing a heavily damaged building https://t.co/KpWiAEoyqv
pic.twitter.com/U1z3UDQTpr — CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 1, 2021
People were injured, cars were destroyed, and windows were shattered as the bomb squad attempted to detonate homemade explosives in south Los Angeles. It's chaos out here right now. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/YJGo5xptae — Jessica Oh (@JessicaOhTV) July 1, 2021
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