Reseda Man Injured By Illicit Fireworks

Thursday, December 29, 2005 |

On Thursday evening, December 29, 2005 at 9:01 PM (PST), while responding to a medical call in a North Hills neighborhood, Los Angeles Firefighters operating an ambulance with emergency lights and siren activated entered the 15900 block of Bahama Street when they saw a bright flash and heard an explosion coming from a nearby driveway.

As their colleagues sprinted to the nearby address of the earlier reported medical call, the LAFD Paramedics identified and came to the aid of a 48 year-old Reseda man who was running toward them with hand injuries.

According to the man's later statements, he had been handling a variety of fireworks, including some possibly modified devices, when they inadvertently discharged. He stated this happened when he was startled by the ambulance siren, which he believed may have been police officers coming for him.

Firefighters offered emotional support to the man while cleaning and dressing his wounds, which included an avulsion of the left thumb and small finger as well as significant tissue damage to that hand.

Following consultation with medical control, and with concern for the neurovascular status of the man's hand, LAFD Paramedics received approval to transport him in "fair" condition fifteen miles to awaiting specialists at the UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

The man's neighbor who had earlier requested medical aid was promptly treated at his home by Firefighters before being transported to a different hospital by another ambulance.

No other injuries were reported. The injured Reseda man's relationship with the North Hills neighborhood was not immediately established by Fire Department officials.

LAFD Arson Investigators and Los Angeles Police Officers were notified and are investigating.

It is important to note that all fireworks, even the so-called "safe and sane" variety are at all times illegal in the City of Los Angeles and have been for decades.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department remind local residents that using fireworks or firearms to celebrate the coming New Year is not only unwise and unsafe but also illegal.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


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