Around this time of year, palm trees catching fire thanks to errant fireworks are a sad but regular occurrence. Last night, though, that unfortunate tradition took it one step further. A segment of LA River foliage in Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown) apparently exploded into flames around 11 p.m. last night, Eastsider LA reports. The flames erupted near the intersection of Meadowvale Avenue and the LA River bike path.
The vegetation was "ignited by skyrockets," one witness told ELA, though a Los Angeles Fire Department representative did not have official information about the cause of the fire. The good news is, no one was injured by the blaze, which took about a half hour to extinguish. Before it did, a few onlookers snapped some scary shots of the inferno up close.
- 4th of July fire breaks out in L.A. River [Eastsider LA]
- Six Photos of Los Angeles Palm Trees Set on Fire by Fireworks [Curbed LA]