Fireworks Extravaganza Dazzles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Thousands of people descended on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Exposition Park on Thursday evening for the 11th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza.

The fireworks started at 9 p.m., and were expected to last about an hour, making it one of the longest displays in the Southland, organizers said.


Fireworks lit up the skies in Exposition Park Thursday night

“For a display of this size, it takes two full days to set it up,” said Michael Tockstein, a pyrotechnician who will help set off 1,300 fireworks. “The show itself is choreographed to music.”

The patriotic spectacle was free to the public and was be preceded by entertainment, music, activities and a kids’ zone.

City Councilman Bernard Parks said the annual tradition was started as an attempt to curtail injuries and fire damage as a result of illegal fireworks.

Every July 5th, he said, police and fire officials had reported “stories about shooting guns in the air, what goes up comes down, loss of fingers, loss of limbs, loss of eyes.”

Officials “encourage people to know that it is illegal to even possess fireworks in the city of L.A., let alone just going out and exploding them,” Parks said. “So we want to make sure people know they can come here, have safe and sane fireworks. Let the professionals do it.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.