Fourth Of July Accident: Dozens Injured At California Fireworks Show

A Fourth of July fireworks accident in California left more than 20 people injured.

According to Yahoo News, the fourth of July accident occurred at a celebration in Simi Valley, California, when one of the wood platforms holding the fireworks tipped over. The fiery explosions were then shot into a crowd of about 10,000 people.

Four people were taken to the hospital in serious, but not life threatening, condition while another 16 were treated for minor injuries. Several other people were injured in the incident but did not need to go to the hospital.

Simi Valley police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon said: “For some unknown reasons the structure that holds these ordinances collapsed and caused them to be firing into the crowd.”

A video of the accident (you can watch it here) shows that the fireworks went on for about a minute after the platform tipped over.

Shannon said that the crowd was about 900 feet away from the display but that was close enough for the fireworks to injure several people.

Shannon said: “The fireworks are going to travel the same distance across the park as they would in the air … The ones that had actually ignited that had to run their fuse were going directly into the crowd.”

You can watch a video of the fourth of July fireworks accident in Simi Valley, California, here.

Sadly, this isn’t the only fourth of July accident being reported today. A man driving a float at a parade in Oklahoma accidentally ran over and killed his son yesterday.