I saw this today on Associated Press – Report: LA bomb tech’s warnings ignored before explosion: https://apnews.com/article/los-angeles-0e73b006d21f20e78a7f6f3ac37b7569. Longer article. If I have an expert giving me this kind of warning, I would take them serious. More than 400 claims have been filed.
By STEFANIE DAZIO February 26, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A senior Los Angeles bomb technician raised serious concerns about overloading a containment chamber with homemade fireworks last year before the detonation caused a catastrophic explosion, injuring 27 people and rocking a neighborhood, according to an inspector general’s report released Friday.
The vessel exploded, and debris rained down on scores of residences, businesses and vehicles on June 30 in South LA, just days before July Fourth. Dozens were displaced and some have never returned to their neighborhood. The explosion was considered highly unusual because such containment chambers are designed to withhold blasts.
The bomb technicians made major miscalculations, federal investigators found, and loaded the containment chamber above the equipment’s safety rating. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimates that the catastrophic blast caused more than $1 million in damage to the area. More than 400 claims — the precursor to a lawsuit — have been filed to the city attorney’s office.