Display of illegal fireworks caught on video in downtown Los Angeles was 'planned,' police say

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Illegal fireworks caught on video in downtown LA
Someone set off a massive amount of illegal fireworks in downtown Los Angeles and the display was caught on video.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Fourth of July is months away, but it didn't look like that in downtown Los Angeles Sunday night.

Over 100 rounds of illegal fireworks were set off around 11 p.m. near Little Tokyo museums and the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building. The Los Angeles Police Department says it was a planned incident but they still don't know who is responsible.

"Location wise, yes it is shocking. Little Tokyo is a safe and quiet community. So it is shocking to us that this was something that was planned and deliberate," said Officer Jorge Zambrano.

The fireworks that were used are not legal in the city, which is why the department is investigating.

Surveillance video from The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA captured three suspects placing the fireworks in a parking lot next to the museum then leaving in a vehicle right after sparking the fuses. The fireworks went off for roughly five minutes.

No arrests have been made and although no injuries were reported, police say it was a very dangerous act.

"Anything from someone getting injured themselves by lighting up these fireworks, we have fires... These are explosives and they can cause massive injuries."

The LAPD is now collecting video to hold those responsible for disrupting the night for so many.