Seventeen people were injured Wednesday evening after a planned police detonation of seized illegal fireworks ended in an explosion in South Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Police Department truck explosion occurred at about 7:40 p.m. at East 27th and San Pedro streets. Nine LAPD officers and one Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officer was taken to nearby hospitals, along with six civilians. A tenth LAPD officer was hurt, but was not hospitalized, according to the L.A. Fire Department.
Names of the injured were not immediately released. Those hospitalized included 11 men and five women, all ranging in age between 42 and 85, according to LAFD. In a news conference early Thursday morning, the LAPD described all the injuries as mild to moderate in nature.