A bomb blast in Los Angeles on Wednesday injured at least 17 people, including nine LAPD officers – a group of bombers who tried to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs) taken from their home, along with illegal fireworks. .
In the year Wednesday evening press conference, Dertment of the Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore said officials responded to the house, which contained thousands of pounds of illegal fireworks, as well as improvised explosive devices described as “unstable.” According to police, the suspect was arrested in connection with the items taken from the house.
The LAPD bombing team thought it had passed the handgun to a storage vehicle and thought it contained an explosion, which overturned the car and smashed windows, Moore said. Los Angeles Times.
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“Obviously the protocols were chased and chased, but something that shouldn’t have happened in this vehicle happened and we don’t know why,” he added. “We want to find out why.”
Earlier, the LAPD wrote on its Twitter account that bomb squad officers were in the process of seizing more than £ 5,000 of illegal pyrotechnic weapons in the area during the blast. “Some fireworks were stored in our Bomb Squad trailer as a precautionary measure,” LAPD wrote.
According to the Fire Dertment in Los Angeles, 16 of the 17 injured were taken to hospital – one vehicle fell. LAFD wrote this nine LAPD officers and one alcohol, tobacco, and weapons bureau, and an explosive (ATF) agent received minor injuries. At least seven people, including three people, sustained moderate injuries.
Dertment said several houses and buildings were imitated as a result of the blast.
“There is a PIO at the scene and this is a permanent situation that will be impregnated for several hours due to the evacuation of the area, securing the area and investigating,” the LAPD said. “Updates will be provided when available.”
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Acesparks 11 in Los Angeles reported investigators and bomb squad officials responded to the house the day before after receiving advice from a team member. A forklift was seen carrying dozens of boxes out of the house.
The suspect, identified as Arturo Cejas III, was arrested on suspicion of possession of fireworks and destructive devices, as well as child endangerment – because two children were found in the house, police said in Los Angeles. KABC-TV.
The explosion in Los Angeles happened just days before it happened Fourth of July weekends.
The city held its first fireworks purchase program on Wednesday to reduce illegal fireworks over the upcoming weekend, Acesparks 11 reported.
“LAPD supports this event and asks people to provide safety and help prevent fires during the dry and bad fire season,” Dertment said on Twitter on Tuesday night. “Let’s pay attention to our neighbors, PTSD veterans, and pets. Please hand over your illegal firearms and get a free gift.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he led the LAPD to conduct a full investigation into the incident.
“Illegal pyrotechnics pose a great threat and can take people’s lives,” he said. statement. “We will prosecute those who used them or owned them in accordance with the law.”