3 injuries during Persian New Year Festival at Dockweiler State Beach

Paramedics responded to three injury incidents, two involving reported burns, during a Persian New Year Festival at Dockweiler State Beach, a Los Angeles Fire Department captain said today.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 people turned out Tuesday night for the Persian-Iranian festival on the beach, said Sgt. Richard Parks of the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Station.

Many revelers jumped over bonfire flames during the festivities as part of a year-end ritual.

Fire Department medics responded to three calls at the beach around 9 p.m., said LAFD Capt. Yo Gikas, who helps supervise dispatch communications. The location each time was the intersection of West Imperial Highway and Vista Del Mar, which parallels the beach.

There were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

According to ancient custom, Persian New Year comes when winter ends and spring begins. On the eve of the last Wednesday of the old year, jumping over flames symbolizes the transition from one year to the next.

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