From Silver Lake to East L.A., the Eastside celebrated Independence Day with the usual blast of colorful and noisy fireworks — and possibly gunfire — that wowed as well as angered many residents.
The hours-long barrage of fireworks left a cloak of smoke in the air as social media was filled with reports of burning trees and complaints about not being able to report illegal fireworks through the city’s jammed emergency call-in center. “It sounded like a war zone,” was a common refrain.
An approximately 2-acre brush fire scorched a hillside in Lincoln Heights off of Emma Avenue, the L.A. Fire Department reported. It was not clear whether fireworks were responsible for the blaze but it became part of the 4th of July show.
The fireworks are mostly over but their impact will linger. Air quality officials warned that particulate matter — tiny particles of soot and smoke — from fireworks are expected to contribute to unhealthful conditions for those suffering with respiratory problems through this morning.
Here’s a rundown of photos and social media posts about last night’s 4th of July:
Photographer Matt Hartman shot this time-lapse video showing fireworks across Glassell Park and Atwater Village
James Ferrera took this photo of the Lincoln Heights brush fire from the corner of Sierra Street and Mercury Avenue. “I know it’s a cliche, but it sounded like a war zone,” he said.
— Hayes Hargrove (@hayeshargrove) July 5, 2017
— Nicole Appleby (@nico_appleby) July 5, 2017
July 4th fireworks viewing party now calling 911: fire is in Glassell Park near Verdugo rd. Looked like a cypress went up like a match pic.twitter.com/8PuzGjVuTk
— Libby Denkmann (@libdenk) July 5, 2017
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