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39 injured in 4th of July celebration at South California park

Thirty-nine people between the ages of 17 months and 78 years – including 12 children – were injured in a Southern California park during this year’s Fourth of July fireworks display.

Of the three victims that remained in the hospital the day after the incident, one required specialist treatment at a burn center in West Hills, while the other two were seen at a community medical center in Simi Valley, according to hospital officials.

Videos taken on cellphones showed fireworks exploding near the ground, with volleys of blasts sending people screaming and running everywhere, and smoke enveloping the crowd of 10,000. A piece of shrapnel made a crater across the street before bouncing and going over trees.

Fire investigators have yet to identify the cause of the explosion. However, Ventura County Fire Captain Mike Lindberry said they are considering witnesses’ statements that a rack of fireworks fell over.

Sadly, the careless actions of other people all too often causes unsuspecting people to be unduly injured, as evidenced by this fireworks incident. At Ritter & Associates, our attorneys work to help victims of such accident obtain the compensation and justice they need. Contact us at 619-296-0123 today to discuss your situation and find out how we can help.

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