Two people were killed near Los Angeles, California, in the explosion of a large amount of fireworks, which also destroyed a house and caused a fire, medics said.
A powerful explosion rocked the city of Ontario, about 60 km east of Los Angeles. The municipality said shortly after the social networking site “Twitter”: “A large amount of fireworks burned, which caused a large fire,” and asked residents to evacuate the area.
“They were professional firecrackers of the kind that we usually see in fireworks displays,” the city fire department chief, Ray Geek, told a press conference.
Aerial photos broadcast by the local TV station showed a large house on fire, with its roof apparently destroyed by the explosion, the cause of which has not yet been determined.
Demining experts and police have come to the site, and the municipality has called on residents to be very careful because there may be fireworks that have not yet exploded.
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