The pre-Fourth of July fireworks that traditionally rattle the Eastside appear to have gotten off to an especially noisy start in parts of Echo Park and Silver Lake, with a huge boom rattling windows and setting off car alarms Sunday night near Allesandro Street and the 2 Freeway. The blast heard at about 10 p.m. sent some residents rushing out of their homes to take a look, said one resident via email:
You could feel the shock-wave hit you in your chest, and it shook our house. All of our neighbors came outside to look around but nothing was amiss aside from some cars a few blocks away whose alarms were going off. It was much like a firework but more powerful than any I had felt or heard in the past.
Another resident said it sounded “like someone is breaking the sound barrier, firing cannon or like a friggin meth lab exploded.
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said there were no reports of explosions last night in the Echo Park and Silver Lake area. Officials with the LAPD Northeast Division, which patrols the area, could not be reached for comment.
Last night’s large blasts preceded other big explosions in recent days, including some heard in the Eagle Rock area, according to a resident named Matt who lives near Develan Drive and the 2 Freeway. “Is it me or has it sounded a lot like Beirut around the Eastside this weekend? Lots of fireworks … small arms … M80 or larger ordinance going off.”
Meanwhile, on the border of Silver Lake and East Hollywood, a resident named Ezra who lives on Marathon Street said he saw numerous red flares shoot up into the sky near Normal and Madison avenues during the past week. Ezra wonders if others have seen and heard the flares:
I‘ve seen the smoke and heard the booms–which are much louder then a gun or rifle shot. That being said, last night (Thurs, June 14th) I heard about 7 at even intervals, followed by what sounded like a rifle shot. I couldn’t help but think that the flares might be desensitizing you to the sound so the gun shots would go unreported… have you or anyone of your contributors noticed this?
If previous years are any guide, expect the booms, bangs and exploding flares to quiet down after July 4th.
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