Los Angeles police miscalculated the number of fireworks they placed in a containment container before setting them off and causing a massive explosion that destroyed part of a South Los Angeles neighborhood in June, according to a new report from federal investigators.
“It was caused by overloading the [total containment vessel] with more explosives than TCV was designed for, ”Asst said. Special Agent in Charge Michael Hoffman, from 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 of the explosion, such as degradation of the containment vessel over time or a malfunction of its door, and determined that the “overloading” of the vessel was the sole cause of the explosion that destroyed dozens household. , cars and businesses.
Hoffman said the LAPD 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.
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