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'Fourth of July fireworks' spark massive brush fire in Los Angeles | The Sun

LOCAL residents have issued a warning to Fourth of July revellers in the wake of a major bush fire in Los Angeles.

The huge blaze, which reportedly burnt five acres of lands, was allegedly started by a misuse of fireworks as celebrations begin to ramp up across the US.


Last night, the Los Angeles Fire Department scrambled to the scene after a fast-moving bush fire was reported in Highland Park.

The fire reportedly began near the 360 block of South Avenue 60 before quickly spreading uphill towards homes and apartments nearby.

Footage taken by shocked onlookers showed the enormous blaze as it engulfed the night sky as several helicopters helped ground crews tackle the fire from above.

In total, 96 firefighters responded to the inferno before the fire was put out at 10:50 pm.

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Crews were assigned to the nearby neighbourhood as a precaution.

One local onlooker, who posted several clips of the fire on Twitter, believed the blaze erupted after a Fourth of July celebration got out of hand.

The user, @FatSalad, captioned the post: “Someone started an enormous fire behind my apartment setting off fireworks.

“This is some really scary stuff. Please be careful out there everyone.”

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As details emerged of the fire on social media, others also noted that several fireworks had been set off in the area in the hours leading up to the fire.

One local emergency volunteer added: “I live one hill over and there have been fireworks in the area. Even during the fire. However, @LAFD will have the official call.”

LAFD Talk, a casual discussion channel with the Los Angeles Fire Department, claimed the cause of the fire is still “under investigation.”

The US Sun has contacted the LAFD for comment on the fireworks claims.

Last year, fire officials in Ohio declared the streets a “war zone” after four people were injured at a July 4 party.

Footage showed the moment a blast detonated after a “homemade firework” was thrown into a U-Haul rental truck.

Just two days earlier, malfunctioned explosions were also caught on camera in Ocean City, Maryland.

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Beachgoers ran for cover as there was a series of blasts from a firework truck that was parked on the beach.

Huge plumes of black smoke were seen billowing from the area where the display was due to be held.

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