AT least 17 people were injured after cops detonated a batch of illegal fireworks that were seized in south Los Angeles.
Several cars and houses were damaged as police attempted to safely detonate almost two tonnes of pyrotechnics at around 7:30pm on Wednesday.
Cops safely detonated a batch of illegal fireworks in Los Angeles[/caption]
The blast destroyed homes and parked vehicles[/caption]
Footage shows the LAPD bomb squad detonating the fireworks on a truck as smoke is seen billowing across the skyline.
None of the injuries were left threatening, according to NBC Los Angeles.
A 27-year-old man was arrested, accused of importing fireworks from outside the state with plans to resell them ahead of the July 4 weekend.
Cops had reportedly discovered a 5,000-pound stash of pyro at around 8:40am that morning, according to reports.
The blast destroyed the container and damaged several parked vehicles.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore said: You saw the resulting damage and the total catastrophic failure of that containment vehicle.”
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