Federal investigators have ruled this situation a miscalculation from the Los Angeles bomb technicians.
This happened in Los Angeles, but can be a cautionary tale for everyone planning to detonate their own fireworks.
Los Angeles Bomb Squad responded to a call Wednesday afternoon about a 27-year-old man housing fireworks in his house. The bomb squad managed to seize the fireworks from Arturo Cejas III, who allegedly planned to resell the fireworks for 4th of July weekend.
Following protocol, authorities planned to detonate the less than 10 pounds of fireworks in the back of the bomb squad truck, according to NBC 7 San Diego. In the video below, you can see the massive explosion of the vehicle. However, the vehicle was supposed to handle the 10 pounds of detonated fireworks.
17 people are reportedly injured from this explosion. Cejas was put under arrest for suspicion of reckless or malicious possession of a destructive device. LAPD Officer Tony Im says Cejas is being held on $500,000 bail.
Be mindful when you are setting off fireworks for the 4th of July. If this can happen to professionals, it can definitely happen to anyone.
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