Update: Simi Valley Fireworks Show Accident Injures 28 Onlookers

NOTE: The following videos, as posted on YouTube, are made up of raw footage. Note some contain adult language.

Credit: Imaged captured from a video posted by We Are the Savage Nation.
Credit: Imaged captured from a video posted by We Are the Savage Nation.
Article updated at 12:15 a.m. — The Simi Valley Fourth of July fireworks show was canceled Thursday night after a fireworks malfunction caused injury to 28 people.

Not long into the fireworks show, at about 9:15 p.m., a number of fireworks detonated on ground level instead of being launched into the air.

Moorpark residents and others living miles away from Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, where the fireworks show took place, reported feeling the explosion.

Of the 28 injured, four people were considered in serious condition, according to Commander Stephanie Shannon of the Simi Valley Police Department. Injuries were consistant with shrapnel and projectile injuries, but the department was making no further statement about the condition of those injured, she said.

Shannon said the police department is working with the fireworks company as well as the Ventura County Fire Department in an ongoing investigation into what caused the malfunction.

"At this point the nature of the accident looks to be a completely industrial-related accident. It does not appear to be any sort of foul play," Shannon said.

As of midnight, law enforcement officials were still on the scene and SVPD personnel were awaiting the sheriff's department bomb squad because live ordinances remained on the field, Shannon added.

NOTE: The above videos, as posted on YouTube, are made up of raw footage. Note some contain adult language.
Carolyn July 05, 2013 at 03:14 PM
This was a horrible accident. We were seated just about as close as you could get, but no one around us was injured. We're praying for all who were injured.
Irene Gibson July 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Whoever was in charge is responsible for safety surrounding fireworks displays. Not much room for 'accidents', but a lot of possibility for carelessness and incompetence. We drove to and from the Santa Barbara area yesterday and were astounded by the number of fireworks being sold along the road (Santa Paula Freeway) in Fillmore. Interesting there was such high activity there, considering the proximity to the LA County border where fireworks are illegal.
Carolyn July 05, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Irene...Fillmore is the only place in Ventura County that allows firework sales. They fight for this right every year. They also allow people to shoot them off in Fillmore, but nowhere else is it legal. If you buy fireworks in Fillmore and they see you leave the City limits with the fireworks, they'll pull you over.
AG July 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM
Getting back ON Topic: I'm familiar with the park this disaster occured at. I was very surprised to hear that a public firework display was going to be there. It is a small park in the middle of a heavily urban housing zone. That would bring all sorts f new problems for the firework company to setup and run it's display. I hear that the forework motars were on an unstable platform and the platform tipped pointing toward the audience while still shooting shells off. Why wasn't the platform secure and why couldn't the shells be stopped from firing with a kill switch? As someone who enjoys well run events as this, I would hate to think that future events would go the way of the military airshows in Ventura due to public accidents like this.


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