California fireworks show: 28 people injured in Fourth of July fireworks accident
What would you do if you were sitting down waiting on the fireworks display and all of a sudden you heard the noise of the fireworks, and while sitting there in anticipation to see the beautiful display of colors in the sky, they did not take off like they should have?
Instead, they spread across the ground and injured 28 people while others ran for safety. According to ABCLocal, this exact thing happened in Simi Valley, California on July 4th, 2013.
Although the police were investigating what could have made this happen, they found out that the stand for the fireworks gave way, reports ABC News.
Four of the 28 people who were injured have been listed as in serious condition; however, they are not in danger of losing their lives.
16 people out of the 28 had to be taken to the hospital for minor to moderate injuries and the rest were treated at the scene of the accident where the emergency crew set up a triage for this very reason.
It was also reported by authorities that people were only 900 feet away from the fireworks display where the accident occurred. A police officer who ran into the crowd when it happened had loose shrapnel tear straight into his clothes and leather belt. Because of this, he had some minor injuries to his back.
A video clip show on KCAL-TV shows a pair of firework blasts at or near the ground. Another clip posted on YouTube shot from a distance shows three ground-level bursts. The fireworks continue for almost another minute before stopping.
“There was a big boom, everybody started running down the street, people were screaming,” Justice Allen, 17, of Simi Valley told the Los Angeles Times. “Everybody was just terrified. People hid in bushes.”
It was also reported that the fireworks primaraly shot into one direction, said Simi Valley police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon.
“They are going to travel the same distance across the park as they would in the air,” Shannon said. “The ones that had actually ignited that had to run their fuse were going directly into the crowd.”
The annual July Fourth celebration has been sponsored by the city and the local Rotary Club for the past 43 years. Shannon said she had no information about the company hired for the fireworks show.
Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
A YouTube video has captured the fireworks accident in Simi Valley, Calif., which reportedly left at least 28 people injured, four of them seriously.
YouTube user Tim Pietrolungo has captured the entire incident from a high vantage point. The video clearly shows some of the fireworks shooting horizontally and exploding at ground level.
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