SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Pyrotechnic crews Friday continued to clean-up debris a day after a fireworks malfunction in Simi Valley left dozens of Fourth of July revelers injured.
The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday — about two minutes after the show started — at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park in the 5000 block of Los Angeles Avenue.
At least 28 people were treated by the Ventura County Fire Department when Simi Valley police say a fireworks launching station fell over. Eight of the victims were treated at the scene and released.
Twenty others were taken to three nearby hospitals. Three of the victims remained hospitalized on Friday, one of which was transferred to a burn center.
Several others were injured but transported themselves to local hospitals, according to fire officials.
New video posted on YouTube shows dramatic footage of the mishap. One of the spectators can be heard yelling, “Run! Run! Run! Run!”
“At first, you had a couple of explosions. They went up and then everything just started coming through the tree line,” one witness told CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom.