LOCALS have issued a warning on July 4 celebrations in the wake of a major bushfire in Los Angeles.
The enormous flame, which apparently burned five acres of land, was presumably started by misuse of fireworks when festivities in the US began to erupt.
Last night, the Los Angeles Fire Department scrambled to the scene after a fast-moving bush fire was reported in Highland Park.
The fire apparently started near the 360 block of South Avenue 60 before spreading rapidly uphill to nearby homes and apartments.
Footage made by shocked bystanders showed the enormous fire as it swept the night sky as several helicopters ground crews helped tackle the fire from above.
A total of 96 firefighters responded to the inferno before the fire was extinguished at 10.50pm.
Crews were assigned to the nearby area out of precaution.
One local spectator, who posted several clips of the fire on Twitter, believed the fire erupted after a Fourth of July celebration went out of hand.
The user, @FatSalad, captioned the post: “Someone started a huge fire behind my apartment and fireworks went off.
“This is some really scary stuff. Please be careful out of it all.”
As details emerged of the fire on social media, others also noted that several fireworks had been set off in the area in the hours prior to the fire.
One local emergency volunteer added: “I live one hill above and there have been fireworks in the area. Also at the fire. @LAFD will, however, have the official call.
LAFD Talk, a casual discussion channel with the Los Angeles Fire Department, claimed the cause of the fire is still “under investigation.”
The US Sun has contacted the LAFD for comment on the claims of fireworks.
Last year, fire officials in Ohio declared the streets a “war zone” after four people were injured at a July 4 party.
Footage showed the moment an explosion detonated after a “homemade firework” was thrown at a U-Haul rental truck.
Just two days earlier, malfunctioned explosions were also caught on camera in Ocean City, Maryland.
Beachgoers ran for cover as there were a series of explosions from a firework truck parked on the beach.
Enormous plumes of black smoke were seen from the area where the view would be held.
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