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."
EXPLOSION! LAPD was disposing of illegal fireworks in South LA when the explosion occurred. At least 5 are injured.… https://t.co/jGSb8u01il— Ryder Christ (@Ryder Christ) 1625109875.0
#ACAB Daily Digest (July 1, 2021)🧵: Yesterday, the #LAPD intentionally and deliberately choreographed an explosion… https://t.co/37niq4YCPF— Your Trusted Source For All Things ACAB Since 2012 (@Your Trusted Source For All Things ACAB Since 2012) 1625161363.0
So while sitting in the living room yesterday evening and we heard a loud explosion, it literally shocked the entir… https://t.co/y2LVurYgnC— Godsintercessor (@Godsintercessor) 1625147507.0
LAPD cop emerges from truck explosion unscathed https://t.co/uQI0LnUYuH— im gonna puke (@im gonna puke) 1625120252.0
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.
Our Bomb Squad officers were in the process of seizing over 5,000 pounds of illegal fireworks in the area of 27th S… https://t.co/qQrBFtFA5K— LAPD HQ (@LAPD HQ) 1625111109.0
@LAPDHQ Maybe someone should question your detective who said "they'll be blown up here on scene" https://t.co/g5CXwlMYs8— Alissa Walker (@Alissa Walker) 1625115578.0
If this was the LAPD's plan to instill confidence in the police back into the community, it blew up in their face.