Dozens Injured in Calfornia Firework Blast

A California community is recovering Friday, after a Fourth of July celebration went terribly wrong. Two-dozen people were injured during a fireworks blast on Thursday night.

The fireworks that malfunctioned were part of the city-run Fireworks Extravaganza in Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles.

There was reportedly an accidental detonation during the show, and a number of the fireworks misfired. The misfire reportedly happened about two minutes into the show.

Witnesses described the blast as a grenade, and said people hid is bushes.

"What I remember was when I saw that go on, and them things shooting, within seconds they were right in our face," said spectator Joe Arviso

The show was stopped immediately, and spectators were asked to leave the park. About two-dozen people were injured and first responders triaged patients right at the scene .

Police say twenty people were taken to area hospitals mild to moderate injuries, and eight more were treated in the park.

Simi Valley Police Department, says the bomb squad was sent in to deactivate the remainder of the fireworks.


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