ELYSIAN VALLEY — A fire that one witness said was ignited by skyrockets scorched an approximately half-acre of brush and trees in the L.A. River on Monday night.
LAFD spokeswoman Erik Scott said there were no reports of injuries from the blaze that broke out in the river channel at about 11 p.m. near the 2400 block of Meadowvale Avenue. He had no information about the cause of the fire. But one woman who was with friends on the edge of the river channel watching fireworks in the distance said the fire began after a group of teenagers began firing skyrockets in the direction of her group.
“The teenagers were setting off their fireworks directly at us on purpose,” said the woman named Jade. “They set off three shots aimed at me and my friends. We had to drop to the ground to avoid being hit. What they did hit was a huge palm tree, which then ignited and caused a brush fire.”
She said it took firefighters, who arrived from both sides of the river, about 30 minutes to put out the blaze, which attracted a large crowd of residents to the river path.
Update at 12:28 pm: The LAFD said it responded to 42 fires across the city related to fireworks between midnight on the 4th of July and 8 a.m. today. The number of fires was comparable to previous years.
“At least 6 of those incidents included various injuries to extremities, eyes, and burns,” said an LAFD update.
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