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Jose Lima #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers (C) watches a firework display after defeating the Anaheim Angels on July 4, 2004 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles, but that didn’t stop a number of people from using them on Independence Day. They caused damage and injuries in a number of Los Angeles-area incidents.
In South L.A., a 3-year-old boy suffered a “significant forehead laceration,” and an unrelated 38-year-old man suffered a puncture wound to his leg while in a crowd that was using illegal fireworks.
In Watts, fireworks burned a 4-year-old girl on her neck. In another Watts incident, police arrested three people for hurling fireworks, rocks and bottles at police officers.
Fireworks also sparked a fire at a home in Compton. The fire displaced 15 people and caused $35,000 in damage.
Though no major incidents or injuries were reported in the West L.A. area, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said minor injuries and reports of fireworks were widespread. Backyard Fourth of July fireworks were heard going off in the Venice/Mar Vista area.