SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - More than two dozen people were injured Thursday when fireworks malfunctioned at an annual 4th of July show northwest of Los Angeles.
An accidental detonation occurred about 9:20 p.m. at an event called the Fireworks Extravaganza located in a large community park in Simi Valley, said police Cmdr. John Parks.
It wasn't clear how many people were in attendance but Parks said the event usually attracts several thousand revelers.
Twenty people were taken to area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries, authorities said. Another eight were treated at the park where emergency crews set up a triage area. A bomb squad was at the park to deactivate the remainder of the fireworks.
The annual July Fourth celebration has been sponsored by the city and the local Rotary Club for the past 43 years.
Simi Valley is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.