Dozens injured in a Fourth of July ‘fireworks mishap’ in the US state of California. The explosion occurred around 9:20pm local time at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center and Park in the city of Simi Valley. The incident forced park authorities to evacuate the premises. The detonation was determined to be accidental and the injured were attended to quickly, as emergency personnel were already on site monitoring the fireworks. The full extent of the injuries was not immediately known.
Video 2: From AP – Injuries at California Fireworks Show
Video 3: 4th of July Fireworks Goes Wrong, 20 Hurt in Simi Valley Park Explosion
July 4, 2013 – As many as 20 Fourth of July celebrants were injured Thursday night in a “fireworks mishap,” according to Simi Valley police. The incident happened about 9:20 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center and Park, said Cmdr. John Parks, a watch commander for the Simi Valley Police Department. Parks called the detonation a “fireworks mishap” and said initial information suggested the explosion was accidental.
Emergency medical and fire personnel were already at the park to monitor the fireworks show, so the victims were attended to quickly, Parks said.
The extent of the victims’ injuries was not immediately known.
After the blast, the park was evacuated but aerial footage showed dozens of people lingering on the outskirts of the scene and near the triage area set up on the grass.
Video 4: Fireworks Explosion at Crowd of 10,000, 14 Wounded – July 4, 2013
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