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Fireworks Accident in Simi Valley Injures Dozens

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) – A malfunction at the Simi Valley Fourth of July fireworks show injured dozens of people.

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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.

LANCASTER, Calif. (KTLA) -  Bay Fireworks, the company that conducted Simi Valley’s disastrous Fourth of July fireworks display was involved in another accident two weeks ago, KTLA News confirmed on Friday night.

On June 21, a dozen spectators at a minor league baseball game in Lancaster were injured when Bay’s fireworks malfunctioned.

Video obtained by KTLA News showed the mishap as it unfolded.

A dozen 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.

At least 36 people were injured Thursday night when a display produced by Bay Fireworks shot into a crowd of more than 8,000 revelers in Simi Valley.

Fire officials were still investigating the cause of the Fourth of July mishap.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) – Authorities launched an investigation on Friday to determine what caused a pyrotechnic device to prematurely detonate during a Fourth of July celebration in Simi Valley, injuring 36 people.

Simi Valley police Cmdr. Blair Summey said that after the early detonation, a group of live canisters fell over like “dominoes.”

One or more of them fired into onlookers, the closest of whom were about 800 feet away.

At least 36 people were injured during the accident at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park on Thursday night at 9:20 p.m.

Among the victims, many suffered minor to severe injuries.

Twenty of the victims were transported to Los Robles Hospital, Simi Valley Hospital and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, according to Capt. Mike Lindberry, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department.

Eight victims were treated at the scene, and others sought treatment on their own.

Fire officials told KTLA News between 8,000 and 10,000 people were watching the show when the accident happened.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (KTLA) – A public fireworks display went horribly wrong Thursday night, injuring at least 36 people, officials said.

Twenty of the victims were transported to Los Robles Hospital, Simi Valley Hospital and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, according to Capt. Mike Lindberry, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department. Eight victims were treated at the scene, and others sought treatment on their own.

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The injured were treated in a triage area

Two people remained hospitalized in fair condition Friday morning, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The condition of a third patient, who was transported to Grossman Burn Center, was not immediately known.

The mishap caused an accidental detonation during a professional fireworks display at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Park located near East Los Angeles Avenue.

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The fireworks setup at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park before the accident. (credit: Evonne Porras)

“Obviously what happened is, we had a severe malfunction in one of these devices,” Lindberry said.

“We want to find out why it happened — was it equipment, was it faulty, was it loaded improperly.”

Amid the chaos, Ventura County firefighters set up a triage center in the park, where they treated adults and children, many of them hit by flying debris.

Annisa Wynn, who witnessed the accident told KTLA News the explosion happened about two minutes into the show.

Fireworks suddenly began shooting sideways into the crowd, instead of up in the air, she said.

“The fireworks were so close, you could see them on the ground,” Wynn said. “It never happens this way. People were screaming.”

Fire officials told KTLA News between 8,000 and 10,000 people were watching the show when the accident happened.

One person near the front of the crowd captured the incident on the video below:

The next video shows the explosions from above:

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