Company in Simi Valley Fireworks Disaster Has History of Accidents
SIMI VALLEY (KTLA) - Bay Fireworks, the company that conducted Simi Valley’s disastrous Fourth of July fireworks display, has been involved in other accidents in the past, authorities said.
On June 21, a dozen spectators at a minor league baseball game in Lancaster were injured when Bay’s fireworks malfunctioned.
The company also put on a firework display in New York in 2008 that resulted in five minor injuries.
In the Lancaster incident, 12 people were treated for minor burns by medical personnel who were already on-site, although no one was taken to the hospital.
A statement obtained from the Lancaster JetHawks confirmed that the accident took place. The Lancaster sheriff’s department said it isn’t investigating that incident.
In Simi Valley on Thursday, at least 36 people were injured when a display produced by Bay Fireworks shot into a crowd of more than 8,000 revelers.
Fire officials were still investigating the cause of the Fourth of July mishap.
“Bay Fireworks will conduct a thorough and complete investigation of this incident and make its findings available to the public,” the company said in a statement.
Three people remain hospitalized from the Simi Valley accident.