Crowds set off fireworks, drive on wrong side of road on Sixth Street Bridge for 4th of July

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Crowds set off fireworks from Sixth Street Bridge on 4th of July
People shot off illegal fireworks, drove on the wrong side of the road and climbed the viaduct's arches during a night of chaos on the Sixth Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles this Fourth of July.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- People shot off illegal fireworks, drove on the wrong side of the road and climbed the viaduct's arches during a night of chaos on the Sixth Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles this Fourth of July.

Video taken at the scene shows one man had quite the close call when a firework exploded near him. All of this happened as cars drove by, sometimes just feet away and on the wrong side of the road, and others climbed the bridge's arches, just inches away from a tragic fall.

Trash from the previous night's fireworks remained on the bridge on Wednesday, as nearby residents say they stayed away.

Sandi Sternberg, who lives in the Arts District, held off on walking her dog Otis across the bridge.

"Otis would do okay, but I was afraid. You couldn't tell the difference between bullets and fireworks, and I wasn't going to take the chance," she said.

No one reported injuries at the bridge last night and the LAPD told Eyewitness News that they didn't make any arrests.

The people illegally launching fireworks off the bridge represent a small number of the rogue firework shows on display city-wide this past Independence Day. But what makes the Sixth Street Bridge different is that mayhem and mischief is not unusual, as many nights see people driving recklessly and climbing the viaduct's arches.

The stunts started almost immediately after the bridge opened one year ago.

Sternberg said the bridge is not always in chaos, and there are many times where people are able to enjoy the new structure as well.

"On weekends families come and enjoy it, a few weeks ago I had friends come over and we walked over and they were just mesmerized by the view. You know, things you don't normally see in L.A.," she said.