Fireworks Injure Several in Southland, Including 3 Los Angeles Children

Wednesday, July 04, 2012 |

LOS ANGELES - A series of preventable mishaps with personal-use fireworks sent several Los Angeles residents to the hospital on Independence Day, including at least three children who sustained painful injuries.

Hospitals across the region reported seeing firework related injuries from walk-in patients throughout the day on Wednesday, July 4, 2012; and in at least two separate cases, Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics provided care to firework injured children under the age of five.

At 9:02 PM, LAFD crews rushed to the 500 block of West 111th Street in South Los Angeles, where a 3-year-old boy was one of two persons in a large crowd injured by illegal fireworks. The boy suffered a significant forehead laceration, while an unrelated 38 year-old man sustained a puncture wound to his leg.

At 9:35 PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the 2200 block of East 101st Street in Watts, where a 4-year-old girl suffered a sizeable and potentially scarring full-thickness burn to the right side of her neck when as much as 2 percent of her body surface area was impacted by a flaming and outlawed "Roman Candle".

The parents of yet a third Los Angeles area child burned by unlawful fireworks made a frantic 9:27 PM telephone call from their car to 9-1-1 Dispatchers while racing to a local hospital, but did not offer their location, additional details or remain on the line.

The many persons - especially young people, injured by personal-use fireworks in Los Angeles stood in stark contrast to the countless families across the region who safely attended professional displays.

It is important to note that the possession or personal use of any firework has been outlawed in the City of Los Angeles since World War II.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


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