According to a report by ABC 13 in Houston, 39 people were injured when a Simi Valley, California fireworks show went awry on the Fourth of July. The 39 people were part of a crowd of 10,000 gathered at a Southern California park to take in the fireworks show, an annual event since 1970. Those injured ranged in age from 17 months to 78 years old and included 12 children.
A frantic scene eventually ensued when some of the fireworks began exploding in big balls of sparks close to the ground. At first, most of the crowd did not realize that the wild chain of explosions was not part of the show. However, as smoke enveloped the park grounds, panic took hold.
Some in the crowd found cover, including Paulina Mulkern, who shoved her 4-year-old cousin under a lawn chair and shielded her 7-year-old cousin with her body as shrapnel came flying at them. Others in the crowd ran for their lives, with a few mistakenly screaming that someone was shooting. All this chaos resulted in trampling injuries in addition to the expected burns and shrapnel wounds.
Police reported that according to witnesses, a firework exploded prematurely, causing a rack of fireworks to fall over and shoot across the field. However, fire investigators had yet to determine a cause at the time of this report. Bethpage, New York-based Bay Fireworks put on the show and plans to make public the results of their internal investigation.
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[Did You Know?: In the month surrounding the Fourth of July, 200 people a day go to the emergency room with firework-related injuries.]
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