LAPD badly miscalculated weight of fireworks before South L.A. explosion, ATF finds

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the fireworks placed in the containment vessel were not weighed with a scale, but eyeballed by technicians.

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Wu_Tang_In_a_Pouch
Wu_Tang_In_a_Pouch
238 · 11 days ago · Reddit

To be fair, until someone comes along with some sort of device that can measure the weight of objects, what do you expect our billion dollar police department to do? The eyeball method has always worked well for them when determining what a “gun” is, so it only makes sense that they’d roll with it.

tristram_shandy_
tristram_shandy_
134 · 11 days ago · Reddit

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Los Angeles police badly miscalculated the amount of fireworks they placed into a containment vessel before detonating them and causing a massive explosion that destroyed part of a South L.A. neighborhood in June, according to a new report from federal investigators.

“It was caused by overloading the [total containment vessel] with more explosives than the TCV was designed for,” said Asst. Special Agent in Charge Michael Hoffman, of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, during a closed-door meeting with local residents Monday night. “That’s what caused the failure.”

Hoffman said the ATF had ruled out other causes for the explosion, such as degradation of the containment vessel over time or a malfunctioning of its door, and determined the “overloading” of the vessel was the sole cause for the blast that destroyed dozens of homes, cars and businesses.

Hoffman said the LAPD’s containment vehicle was designed to handle repeated detonations of 19 pounds of TNT equivalent at a time, or a single detonation of 33 pounds of explosives before being returned to its manufacturer for analysis.

However, investigators determined that LAPD bomb squad technicians accidentally loaded and detonated 39.8 pounds of explosives in the containment vehicle on the day of the explosion, Hoffman said.

He said the agency was “absolutely certain” of its conclusions.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who also spoke at the closed-door meeting, said the fireworks that were placed in the containment vessel were not weighed with a scale, but eyeballed by the technicians working the scene.

He said several members of the bomb squad have been removed from the team and will not be returning to it.

The June 30 explosion in the 700 block of East 27th Street, just days before the July 4 holiday, injured 17 people — including 10 LAPD officers, one ATF agent and six civilians — and damaged or destroyed 13 businesses, 22 residential properties and 37 vehicles, police have said.

forrealthoughcomix
forrealthoughcomix
28 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Keystone Kops with an $11.2 billion dollar budget for 2021.

mishaco
mishaco
18 · 11 days ago · Reddit

can't protect, won't serve and bad at math.

did i miss anything?

CaliSummerDream
CaliSummerDream
17 · 11 days ago · Reddit

I mean ... what else could be the reason? That they intentionally bombed the neighborhood?

tanks13
tanks13
8 · 11 days ago · Reddit

I pass by there everyday still the whole street shit down man. Fucken stupid cops make them pay with their fucken. Pension fund and that stupid cop ball shit they're always fucking bugging about.

CNX047
CNX047
7 · 11 days ago · Reddit

I mean logically wouldn’t you err on the side of caution? Just plain dumb.

soundadvices
soundadvices
5 · 11 days ago · Reddit

Did the ATF find out why the hell the trailer was placed IN THE MIDDLE OF A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD?