Explosion Near Homeless Camp Suspicious, Authorities Say

A fireman lost an ear in a “suspicious” explosion in a homeless camp in Los Angeles, California, according to authorities’ announcement on June 25th.

A fireman from Los Angeles City sustained an injury last Monday at the Sepulveda Basin as a consequence of an explosion combining natural and artificial components, as indicated in the statement. At first, the fire was thought to be a half-acre grass fire, but later, it was found to be raging in a tented encampment area in the Sepulveda Basin. The firefighters quickly put out the fire.

Apparently, at a homeless encampment, a “suspicious device” detonated, causing a fireman from Los Angeles to lose an ear.

The fire broke out at around 1:30 p.m. along a half-acre section of a tent city in the Sepulveda Basin, a natural preserve near Encino, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) on Tuesday. The wounded fireman has not been named. He was among 200 firefighters at the fire.

A rescue ambulance was used to transfer ten more firemen who were present at the site for evaluation. As stated in the announcement, all wounded firefighters have been discharged from healthcare facilities and are now recuperating at home, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). Firefighters from the LAFD used water-dropping helicopters to put out the blaze that broke out after the explosion. By Monday afternoon, the fire had been effectively put out.

Investigators are still trying to pin down what set off the explosion and the fire. While the Los Angeles Police Department gets to work neutralizing the last of the suspicious devices, its drone experts are collecting video remotely. The press statement states that thirteen companies of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department are still attending to the situation. No civilians have been hurt, and the police are keeping a tight eye on everything to make sure that nothing undesirable happens.