Police Say Large Firecracker Caused LA Blast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN PEDRO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a large firecracker caused a blast near a Los Angeles-area harbor that sent police scrambling to evacuate the neighborhood and order bomb squads into a hotel parking garage.

Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Downing says an M-80 explosive device went off early Sunday at around the same time an SUV was vandalized in the same area.

Investigators initially thought the vehicle was the source of the blast.

A caller reported hearing an explosion at 7:30 a.m. in the commercial area of San Pedro.

A short time later, a patrol officer with the Port Police discovered the damaged SUV in the underground garage.

The bomb squad sent in robots and police evacuated nearby businesses.

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