Feds Confirm LAPD Bomb Squad Caused Huge Explosion by Detonating Way Too Many Fireworks

ATF Says LAPD Bomb Squad Caused Huge Neighborhood Explosion

The Times wrote that Hoffman told attendees the ATF had ruled out other possible causes, such as degradation of the containment vessel, a malfunction of its door mechanism. He added that the TCV was designed for repeated detonations of around 19 pounds of TNT equivalent, or up to 33 pounds of explosives at a single time (after which they would have to be returned to the manufacturer for analysis). The LAPD’s bomb technicians blew up 39.8 pounds of explosives at one time. The names of the officers involved have not been released.

According to the Times, LAPD Chief Michel Moore added during the meeting that bomb squad technicians had eyeballed the explosives rather than actually bothering to weigh them with a scale. Several individuals involved are no longer on the bomb squad and will not be making a return. (Of course, there’s no reason to believe those cops can’t take their lack of expertise to another town.) Moore added that all other protocols were correctly followed, other than the one that resulted in the LAPD bombing the neighborhood. He specifically cited officers going door to door to give evacuation notices, which locals contest, saying they were given an inadequate warning or mixed messages before the detonation.

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The LAPD will now be making changes including no longer using a TCV to detonate explosives in residential areas, requiring that any explosives detonated be weighed, and “checks and balances” to ensure that step is taken, Moore added, the Times wrote.

“As trained professionals in one of the largest police departments in America, I still cannot fathom how the LAPD thought it was acceptable to merely eyeball unstable explosives in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood,” City Councilman Curren Price told the paper in a statement on Monday evening.

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Attorneys representing locals have filed multiple legal claims for bodily injury and property destruction against the city of Los Angeles and the LAPD, citing the clear recklessness involved. A South Los Angeles man, 26-year-old Arturo Ceja III, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of illegally transporting the fireworks that went up in the blast.

New Zealand Goes Into Lockdown After First Mystery Case of Covid-19 Since February

New Zealand Goes Into Lockdown After Mystery Case of Covid-19

Importantly, New Zealand is launching economic support for people negatively impacted by the lockdown, another thing that has been lacking until recently in neighboring Australia’s recent lockdowns.

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The government is paying up to $600 per full-time employee per week for businesses that can show they’ve lost 40% of revenue during the lockdown period.

Ardern assured New Zealanders that she’d be back at 1 p.m. local time on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET Tuesday) to provide an update to the country. And while the lockdown is anticipated to lift for most of the country in just three days, presumably that could change if more cases are detected outside of Auckland.

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It all might seem harsh to people outside of the region, but there’s a reason that countries like New Zealand have seen just 2,926 cases and 26 deaths since the start of the pandemic. They locked down hard and they locked down early. And most people in New Zealand think that’s better than just living with death and disease.

Wildfires Continue to Rage Across Greece, Cutting Island in Half and Forcing Thousands to Flee

A wildfire approaches the Olympic Academy in western Greece on August 4, 2021.

A wildfire approaches the Olympic Academy in western Greece on August 4, 2021.
Photo: Eurokinissi/AFP (Getty Images)

Wildfires have sparked in other nations across the region as well, including in Italy, Albania, North Macedonia, and Turkey.

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, which is managed by the European Union, recently labeled the Mediterranean region a “wildfire hotspot” due to its unprecedented levels of activity this summer, which Greek and European officials are blaming on the effects of climate change. Indeed, the climate crisis has dried out large parts of the Mediterranean. A study of drought conditions from 1998 to 2012 found that it was the worst to hit the region in at least 900 years, and the climate crisis played a role in driving its intensity. The fires fit a pattern of more large, destructive wildfires, including deadly Greek blazes in 2018.