Millions spent after LAPD fireworks explosion described
City officials on Tuesday planned $5 million in spending to stabilize, rebuild and provide ongoing assistance to former and current residents of a South Los Angeles block that exploded in a failed blast. a fireworks display by the LAPD bomb squad last year.
This total includes $1,163,000 of LAPD funding already allocated to the recovery. It also includes $3,837,000 to be allocated this fiscal year, including $650,000 in reimbursements to the district office of Councilman Curren Price, which has been working on recovery since the June 30 explosion in the 700 block of 27th Street. East.
More than $1 million would go to continued housing for displaced residents through June, while $1,175,000 would go to continue repairs to damaged properties and $948,000 to operate a neighborhood recovery center.
The $5 million cost was laid out in a report by the chief legislative analyst, which was submitted to and accepted without comment by the city council’s economic development committee on Tuesday. The report says funding could come from the city’s reserve fund or from funding provided in the fiscal year 2021-22 budget for “extraordinary liability” costs.
The total cost of the explosion to the city remains uncertain. The $5 million does not include payments made from the city’s general fund to settle monetary claims brought by residents and local businesses — nearly 200 of which have been filed with the city.
The explosion happened after the LAPD seized a stash of illegal fireworks from a house across the street, then miscalculated its explosive power before detonating it in an explosion-proof vehicle – destroying that vehicle and nearly 40 others, damaging 35 properties and injuring 17 people.
Two elderly residents of the block died in the following days, which family members linked to the explosion and the stress and disruption it caused. Officials said the residents died of other causes.
Residents displaced from their homes and apartments by the blast were accommodated at the Level Hotel in the city center. Some families received grants of $10,000 to cover living expenses, as well as $2,000 on “Angeleno cards,” debit cards from the mayor’s office used for people in need of assistance.