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City council seeks $5 million to help LA neighborhoods recover from LAPD Bomb Squad fireworks explosion

The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution Tuesday by Councilman Curren Price to identify $5 million in funding—some of which will come from the budget of the Los Angeles Police Department—to help South Los Angeles neighborhoods recover from a major explosion. to help. An LAPD bomb squad error that injured 17 people and forced many residents from their homes.

On June 30, near San Pedro Street, the detonation of a large cache of fireworks on East 27th Street sent 17 residents and first responders to hospitals, destroyed a bomb squad truck and damaged 22 homes, 13 businesses and 37 vehicles. done.

Carol Parks, general manager of the Department of Emergency Management, told the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday that 88 people were still displaced from their homes awaiting repairs.

“Our neighbors face an uphill battle and a tough road ahead for years to come,” Price said when he presented the proposal on Sept.

“Long before this disaster, they faced systemic inequality, structural barriers, and racial inequalities that have increased in the wake of this shameful LAPD action. We need our own version of a Marshall Plan that will change the lives of those affected. Sustainable, will revitalize and uplift our neighborhood forever.”

The proposal, which was approved by Councilor Marquis Harris-Dawson and Councilor Mark Ridley-Thomas, directed the chief legislative analyst and the city’s administrative official to identify $5 million to fund the recovery effort and provide residents Set up a Neighborhood Recovery Center with additional services to support. Needs including infrastructure improvements, mental health services, job and workforce development, access to children’s services, and vocational grants.

Price’s proposal requests that some funding for relief efforts come from the LAPD’s $1.76 billion budget.

According to Michael Hoffman, special agent in charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Los Angeles office, the LAPD’s control vessel was designed to handle repeated explosions of the TNT equivalent of 19 pounds at a time, or 33 pounds of explosives before being returned to its manufacturer for a detonation analysis.

But the LAPD bomb squad miscalculated the amount of fireworks placed in a container, resulting in a massive explosion that damaged several homes in South Los Angeles. Hoffman said officers had loaded 39.85 pounds of explosives into the truck. LAPD personnel visibly estimated the weight of the explosives to be about 16 pounds.

After the explosion, Price used dollars from his council office to provide relief to displaced and affected residents through a $1 million emergency relief fund.

Parks told the police commission on Tuesday that the city had received about 200 claims for damages from members of the community.

Twenty-six claims have been paid, and about 25 are pending payments. 128 The City Attorney’s office is awaiting more information before processing claims.

Residents protested last Thursday in front of their boarded-up homes, which were left without repairs, demanding the city speed up the timeline for repairs.

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