Police say Explosion in LA County ‘Seriously’ Injured 1 Man

October 9, 2017 Updated: October 9, 2017

An explosion in a residential area in Azusa, California, prompted the evacuation of nearby homes.

Nearby Longfellow and Hodge elementary schools were put on lock down. A bomb squad and HAZMAT team, and the LA Co Fire Department responded along with police.

The blast took place in the 1000 block of North Sunset Avenue at around noon.

The blast seriously injured one person, police in Azusa—a city in Los Angeles County—said.

“Officers located a 37 year old male resident who was suffering from burn injuries to his upper body and face,” the Azusa police said in a press release.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and later taken to a local trauma center, the department said.

Upon investigation, police said the explosion occurred in the rear yard of the man’s residence, and only caused burn damage to a truck that was parked in the back yard. No structures were damaged.

They reported finding chemicals that were flammable or explosive on the property.

“Azusa PD detectives, along with the aforementioned personnel are conducting a detailed investigation into the cause of the explosion. It has not yet been determined what role the chemicals found at the residence had in the explosion,” the Azusa Police Department said.

Police also aided in the evacuation of Longfellow Elementary School. Longfellow students were taken to Mountain View Elementary School.

“Everyone is safe,” the Azusa Unified School District wrote on Facebook about the Longfellow students.

At Hodge Elementary School, classes resumed like normal after the lockdown.

From The Epoch Times