The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) attempted to dispose of 5,000 lbs. of illegal fireworks in the middle of a residential area in South Central Los Angeles, California.
The LAPD tried to intentionally detonate the fireworks cache inside of a truck meant to contain the blast. But when they lit the explosives, the containment vessel failed and resulted in the injury of 10 police officers and 7 bystanders, 6 of whom were taken to the hospital.
South Central LA was rocked by the blast, with some people saying the explosion felt like a "hard earthquake."
To make matters worse, the LAPD on its official Twitter said it was "unknown" what caused the explosion, either unaware or denying the involvement of its own department.
Now, people are calling for accountability for the LAPD after they could have leveled an entire neighborhood.
LAPD chief Michael Moore later claimed they did not know what caused the truck to fail to do its job and contain the explosion.
"This vessel should have been able to safely dispose of that material. And you saw the resulting damage, and the total catastrophic failure of that containment vehicle."
"Clearly protocols were followed and pursued, but something happened in that containment vehicle that should have not happened and we don't know why. We intend to find out why."
If this was the LAPD's plan to instill confidence in the police back into the community, it blew up in their face.