July 5th, 2013
12:33 PM ET

Fourth of July Fireworks Turn into Disasters

Stunning fireworks wowed millions in displays around the country yesterday, but not all of them went according to plan.

An Independence Day celebration took a terrifying turn when fireworks that were supposed to shoot up, shot out into the crowd instead.

But it wasn’t the only display gone wrong.

There were incidents in California, Colorado and Seattle where the spectacular became terrifying.

CNN Anchor John Berman reports.

Twenty-eight people were hurt when a fireworks display exploded in Simi Valley, California, sending the crowd running in terror.

“Some of the fireworks accidentally detonated and, according to witnesses, they all started going off at once,” Berman says.

“A bomb squad was called to the scene to dispose of the rest of the fireworks.”

In Colorado, a firework show sparked a fire in the park with flames ten feet high. “Firefighters rushed to scene” and “crews were able to get that fire under control.”

And in Seattle, boats went up in flames just minutes before the annual show there.

According to authorities, “it was illegal fireworks that sparked that blaze," Berman reports. "And the damage estimate: $1.5 million.”

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