Fireworks explosion in California injured 9 people, including several children, suspect in custody

Source: Garden Grove Police Department

Jul. 10 2021, Published 9:04 a.m. ET

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A fireworks explosion in Garden Grove, California, injured nine people, including several children on July 4. Now, police say they have arrested one of the people responsible for the injuries.

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An 8-year-old boy was transported to the hospital with a severe eye injury and burns to his body, police say.

Around 11:30 p.m., Garden Grove police officers were dispatched to the 13800 block of Rosita Place for reports of a large fireworks explosion.

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The fireworks caused windows to be blown out of an apartment complex and vehicle, according to Garden Grove police.

A joint investigation by the Garden Grove police, the Orange County bomb squad and the Orange County Fire authority determined the box of fireworks had consisted of mortars that shot into the air and exploded in the area where people were watching, according to CBS Los Angeles.

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When police arrived, they found multiple injured people and secured the scene until the bomb squad came to the scene.

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The 8-year-old was brought to the hospital, and five additional children were treated by medics at the scene for non-lethal injuries.

While at the hospital, police discovered three additional victims had transported themselves for care. There were a total of nine victims, police said.

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Detectives identified Frank Lazcano Lopez, 46, as being involved in setting off the illegal firework. A video showed him lighting a large box of fireworks on fire.

Lopez was arrested on July 8 and booked into the Orange County Jail for igniting a destructive device causing injury.


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