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Tweet of the moment: 'Preliminary estimate: Nearly 1,000 fires reported, says @LAFD #crisis'

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A fire department crew sprays water on a burning mini-mall in South Los Angeles, April 30, 1992

At approximately this hour 20 years ago today in Los Angeles, this was the news.

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which more than 50 people were killed, thousands were injured, and property damage mounted on a billion dollars. The riots began the afternoon of April 29, after a jury acquitted four police officers in the beating of Rodney King, a black motorist who had been pulled over after a chase.

Media outlets in L.A. and around the country have spent the past several days reporting on Angelenos' recollections of the riots and their lasting legacy, but NBC Southern California is doing something different. Yesterday afternoon, its @RealTimeLARiots account tweeted:

The account is NBC's answer to "What if Twitter existed in 1992?" as posted on its local website last week. @RealTimeLARiots will continue tweeting updates of what occurred on the same date and time 20 years ago as if occurring live, down to the very minute. Last night, the account tweeted a startling aerial photograph of the city as arson fires burned and smoke filled the sky the evening of April 29, 1992. The riots continued for several days after that.

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Perspectives on the L.A. riots, 20 years later

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A building damaged by fire during the 1992 Los Angeles riots

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations, led by journalists and other members of the staff.

The panelists were people from throughout the city, of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many had little in common save for having been old enough 20 years ago to remember the rioting began that day, after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of savagely beating black motorist Rodney King. In the violent, confusing, smoke-filled days that followed, more than 50 people died and property damage mounted close to $1 billion as arson fires and looting spread. To this day, the riots remain a defining moment in L.A. history.

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'We are on the side and never talked about': Perspectives on the riots, 20 years later

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An overturned car on a Los Angeles street during the riots, April 30, 1992.

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations led by journalists and other members of the staff.

The panelists were people from throughout the city, of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many had little in common save for having been old enough 20 years ago to remember the rioting began that day, after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of savagely beating black motorist Rodney King. In the violent, confusing, smoke-filled days that followed, more than 50 people died and property damage mounted close to $1 billion as arson fires and looting spread. To this day, the riots remain a defining moment in L.A. history.

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'It wasn't just about Rodney King': Perspectives on the riots, 20 years later

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An apartment building damaged by fire during the 1992 Los Angeles riots

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations led by journalists and other members of the staff.

The panelists were people from throughout the city, of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many had little in common save for having been old enough 20 years ago to remember the rioting began that day, after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of savagely beating black motorist Rodney King. In the violent, confusing, smoke-filled days that followed, more than 50 people died and property damage mounted close to $1 billion as arson fires and looting spread. To this day, the riots remain a defining moment in L.A. history.

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'My family was victimized': Perspectives on the riots, 20 years later

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A burned-out fast food restaurant during the 1992 riots in Los Angeles

During the last month, KPCC brought together four panels of Angelenos to share their recollections of the deadly riots that began April 29, 1992 in an informal series of private conversations, led by journalists and other members of the staff.

The panelists were people from throughout the city, of different ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Many had little in common save for having been old enough 20 years ago to remember the rioting began that day, after a jury acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of savagely beating black motorist Rodney King. In the violent, confusing, smoke-filled days that followed, more than 50 people died and property damage mounted close to $1 billion as arson fires and looting spread. To this day, the riots remain a defining moment in L.A. history.

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