Long Beach firefighters responded to nearly two dozen calls of small fires on Fourth of July

Multiple small fires were reported throughout Long Beach on the Fourth of July but there were no injuries or damage to structures, fire officials said.

Starting at about 5 p.m. and well into the night, the Long Beach Fire Department responded to about 20 calls related to fireworks, which are banned citywide, said LBFD Capt. Jack Crabtree.

A tree catches fire in the 3900 block of Knoxville Avenue in Long Beach on Fourth of July 2020. Photo by Ghazal Seino.

Ten of those calls were related to some type of tree fire while another 10 were related to brush, grass or dumpster fires and reports of smoke on rooftops.

The amount of firework pollution also worsened air quality in the region, which is typical each year during the holiday.

No injuries or damage to structures were reported.

Posted by Ariana Crockett on Sunday, July 5, 2020


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