Although fireworks are illegal in the city of Los Angeles and all firework displays are banned in L.A. County this year, that didn’t stop residents on Saturday night.
With most professional firework shows canceled this year, many took it upon themselves to put on their own show, many of which included illegal fireworks.
Video captured from ABC7’s stationary cameras throughout the region, including one at LAX, showed how widespread they were being set off.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said it responded to over 100 fires, including 29 structure fires, 12 brush fires and 116 rubbish fires. It’s unclear if fireworks were responsible for all them but the department tweeted “Fireworks are not toys.”
In Covina, several trees caught fire and investigators were trying to determine if fireworks were to blame.
The Los Angeles Police Department Communications Division is asking people not to call 911 to report illegal fireworks unless someone is hurt or there is a fire.
The agency tweeted that the emergency lines were being inundated with calls and asked people to instead call (877) ASK-LAPD or to report the incident online, noting that there would be delays as they sorted through nearly 800 online reports.
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