LA explosion: 17 wounded and cars destroyed as bungling bomb squad detonate 2 TONS of illegal fireworks near homes

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.

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Cops safely detonated a batch of illegal fireworks in Los Angeles[/caption]

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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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