Dangers of July 4 came early in South Central LA

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A TNT fireworks stand in Los Angeles is fully stocked, July 1, 2020. Photo by Shutterstock.

An explosion rocked a South LA residential neighborhood on Wednesday when the LA Police Department tried to detonate a cache of illegal fireworks they seized earlier in the day. Seventeen people, including 10 law enforcement officers, were injured in the blast. Fireworks can cause injuries, pollute the air, increase the risk of wildfires, and terrify pets. But many LA residents can’t resist setting off fireworks anyway.