Illegal Fireworks Shot Off Throughout Studio City—What Do You Think?

Large fireworks were shot across the street from Studio Village.

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Firefighters and police warned that people should not try to set off their own fireworks, yet illegal private displays were going on throughout the city.

One man reportedly suffered a serious fireworks injury in Huntington Beach, but early details were sketchy. Firefighters could only say that an adult male had been taken with fireworks injuries to Huntington Beach Hospital. he was then transferred to the UCI Medical Center, said Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Culhane.

Despite the large and very public fireworks spectacular in Studio City shot off from the CBS Radford Studios, there was a group of people near the Colfax Bridge not far away shooting large-sized rockets in the middle of Colfax Avenue, often while cars were driving past. 

Police and firetrucks did comb the area, but the man, in a red shirt who kept going in and out of a house in the area, kept coming out and lighting more at the encouragement of the crowd.

A cache of 6,500 pounds of illegal fireworks, a firearm stolen from a police officer and approximately $30,000 were seized from a Compton home, sheriff's officials said. The seizure brings to 26,500 pounds the total amount of fireworks seized by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the span of a week.

In the latest seizure, deputies from the sheriff's Compton Station learned fireworks were being stored at and sold from a detached garage at a home in the 1100 block of East Pine Street and executed a search warrant around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a sheriff's department statement.

The fireworks, valued at $15,000, were found in the detached garage, which was converted into a fireworks stand where skyrockets, mortars and assorted other pyrotechnics and explosives were for sale. The firearm was reported stolen from a Long Beach police officer, according to the sheriff's department.

Although there were no reported injuries locally, officials urged Southland residents to reduce the risk of fires by shunning use of personal fireworks this Fourth of July, and they're vowing to crack down on drunken drivers.

Far more fires are reported on July 4th than on any other day of the year, with fireworks accounting for 40 percent of them, more than any other cause, according to a report issued last month by the National Fire Protection Association, a Quincy, Mass.-based organization that bills itself as the world's leading fire prevention advocate.

The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children 5 to 14 years old; it is more than twice the risk for the general population, the report said.

In 2010, the most recent year for which figures are available, fireworks caused an estimated 15,500 fires, resulting in eight civilian deaths, 60 civilian injuries and $36 million in direct property damage, the report found. Hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,600 people for fireworks- related injuries in 2010, it said.

"Possession and use of fireworks in Los Angeles is illegal, and for good reason," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. "Every year, too many children are injured due to fireworks on the Fourth of July.

"I urge you to consider the legal ramifications, as well as the potential harm to the adults, children and landscape around you before you take hold of any illegal fireworks this holiday."

The Los Angeles County DUI Task Force plans to deploy special saturation patrols tonight, said Glendora Police Department Chief Rob Castro, the task force's coordinator.

"The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays due to an increase in impaired-driving fatalities," Castro said.

"Too many people die behind the wheel due to those who choose to drive after drinking, so officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers."

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Irene Gibson July 06, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Illegal fireworks are STUPID, THOUGHTLESS, and SELFISH. There's one reason why they are illegal......and that's because they are dangerous, not only to the perpetrator, but also to the community. Aren't all those wild-fires in our country and throughout the world enough to make one pause? These hills are dry tinder!!!
Miki Henderson July 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
That's right, wasn't one of the fires over at Barham a few years back caused by fireworks?? It's just scary!
Melissa Bacelar July 06, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Because of fireworks legal and illegal the cities shelters become filled with cats and dogs. The already packed shelters kill to make room for people's pets who get loose. It goes on for days before and after. It is terrible. Innocent animals die because of fireworks. People need to be responsible and fireworks should be banned until we can control the shelter issues.
j mann July 07, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I wish everyone thought the way you do Melissa. Mainly the stupid cities, counties etc who find it still necessary to have firework shows and or sell them ANYWHERE. I hate them as much as I love our country. Too bad our times don't change with the times. Just end the small shows and any selling (can't BELIEVE some of the poorest communities are the ones who allow the sale of fireworks, setting up their stands well before the 4th) The people who love them will get over it, just the same way those of us over the age 50 have had to get over oh so many things that have changed in our lifetime.
Michael F. Blake July 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I have to take umburage with Mikki's comment "there are more gun-toting rightwinger teabaggers here than I thought!" Really, Mikki, aren't we being a bit stereo-typical when you make that comment? Why must you (or anyone for that matter) simply lump & paint with a brush those that vote (against your beliefs) into some classification that is childish behavior? For the record, I own guns (legally), I feel the basic platform for the tea party organization is a good idea (until it's corrupted by others for their own gratification), I am a conservative (who's voted for more Democratic than Republician Presidents) and I also voted that it is ILLEGAL for ANYONE to own or use fireworks. Here's an idea: why not judge those folks who you disagree with based on the facts rather than lumping them into a pile. You'd be surprised at the outcome.


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