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Fourth of July Accident: Fireworks Show in California Goes Wrong, 28 Injured

Jul 05, 2013 12:47 PM EDT | By Staff Reporter
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A Fourth of July accident occurred in a town northwest of Los Angeles, leaving at least 28 people injured after an "unintended" detonation shot fireworks into a crowd during fireworks show.

There were between 8,000 and 10,000 spectators at the fireworks extravaganza at a Simi Valley park Thursday night when fireworks, which were supposed to shoot up into the sky, malfunctioned and instead. Spread across the ground injuring innocent bystanders. Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

"Although it is still unknown why the launching station fell over, there are no indications of foul play and it appears that this is an industrial type accident," according to the NBC Los Angeles news.

 "That one row, all of the fireworks went off," said witness James Wilhite. "They were actually aiming at us."

Witnesses said the professional fireworks show lasted just a few minutes before the huge explosion went off.

"We saw about three minutes of the show. There was some that went up in the area and everything just kind of scattered outwards and then everybody just started running," a witness told NBC4.

"Everything exploded and parts came flying everywhere," another witness told NBC4. "People were running everywhere. So, it was pretty scary."

The annual July Fourth celebration has been sponsored by the city and the local Rotary Club for the past 43 years. Shannon said she had no information about the company hired for the fireworks show

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