Experts on mine clearance incorrectly calculated the weight of explosives, the department noted.
A mistake by mine clearance specialists serving in the Los Angeles Police Department (California in the USA) caused a fireworks explosion that occurred at the end of June, as a result of which 17 people were injured. This was reported on Tuesday by CNN with reference to the head of the city’s police, Michael Moore.
According to his information, on June 30, the police went to the call to check the message about the storage of illegal fireworks. The police officers who arrived at the scene during the search found about 32 thousand pounds of pyrotechnics (14 thousand kg). The police considered some materials dangerous for transportation, so it was decided to blow them up on the spot.
According to the head of the police, mine clearance specialists incorrectly calculated the weight of explosives. According to their data, it was about 16.5 pounds (about 7.4 kg), but a later investigation showed that in fact, the weight of the explosives was 42 pounds (19 kg). The explosives disposal truck was designed for only 25 pounds (11 kg).
At a press conference on Monday, Moore confirmed that the amount of explosives loaded into the truck exceeded its installed capacity.
As a result of the explosion, 17 people were injured, 37 vehicles, 22 residential buildings, and 13 business buildings were damaged. The head of the police stressed that all the perpetrators will be brought to justice.