Long Beach Fire Department resources responded to a number of firework related incidents over the 4th of July weekend, including illegal firework enforcement, several structure fires, and a significant traumatic injury.
The LBFD Arson Investigation Unit seized over 500 lbs. of illegal fireworks from July 1st through July 4th, and issued a misdemeanor citation for the possession of illegal fireworks. The offender may face a penalty of up to $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail. The Arson Unit also responded to four significant structure fires in the city on July 4th, three fires involving garages and vehicles, the other a vegetation and tree fire. All fires are still under investigation, but all indicators point to fireworks as the "probable cause" of the fires. Property loss is estimated to be approximately $400,000 and there was one minor civilian injury resulting from one of the structure fires. The fires were at the following locations:
*1400 Block of Gardenia Avenue (vegetation/tree fire)
*400 Block of E. Louise Street (garage fire/1 patient transported with minor injury)
*4600 Block of E. 14th Street (trash fire/garage fire)
*2800 Block of E. 63rd Street (garage/2 sheds/parked vehicle/RV)
Shortly after 10pm, in the area of 17th Street and Lemon Ave., Long Beach Fire resources responded to reports of a significant traumatic injury caused by fireworks. Arriving units found a 17 year old male patient with portions of his right hand missing after a firework had exploded in his hand. The minor patient was immediately transported by LBFD paramedics to an area trauma hospital in stable condition.