LA City Council approves additional $660,000 for victims of botched fireworks detonation in 2021

Thursday, July 6, 2023
LA City Council approves more funding for 2021 fireworks blast victims
The Los Angeles City Council approved an additional $660,000 for victims of a botched detonation of illegal fireworks in a South L.A. neighborhood two years ago.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles City Council approved an additional $660,000 for victims of a botched detonation of illegal fireworks in a South L.A. neighborhood two years ago.

The Council voted 12-0 to further allocate funding to assist recovery efforts for families and residents affected by the explosion, many of whom still remain displaced from their homes.

Council members Heather Hutt, Katy Yaroslavsky and Curren Price were absent from Wednesday's meeting.

In June 2021, the Los Angeles Police Department conducted a controlled denotation of illegal fireworks seized from a residence on East 27th Street near San Pedro Street. The denotation resulted in an explosion that injured 17 individuals and damaged 22 residences, 13 businesses and 37 vehicles.

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The unnamed officer was suspended for 10 days without pay for being "deficient" in duties when it happened.

On Sunday, LAPD Chief Michel Moore announced four members of the department's bomb squad were disciplined for their involvement in the botched operation. In addition, an internal investigation resulted in the implementation of new protocols for the bomb squad to prevent similar events from occurring in the future, according to Moore.

"Even our best intentions cannot take this neighborhood back to where it was before this event occurred," Moore said. "However, as a Department, we remain committed to supporting the impacted residents as we continue to work to make this right."

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At last, LAPD and ATF offered some answers following last month's illegal fireworks explosion in South L.A.

That effort includes having commanding officers of the department's Newton station meet on a weekly basis with the 27th Street Long Term Recovery Group, Moore said.

The city previously spent $3 million to support and aid residents affected by the fireworks explosion. In March, the council approved an additional $2.3 million for that same effort.

In 2022, the city's Department of Housing reported 23 people in six households had been relocated to permanent housing. Eight more households were ready to relocate and were searching for affordable units.