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December 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Here are 11 ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas -- whether with synchronized fireworks or concerts by the likes of Bruno Mars, John Legend, Kristin Chenoweth and Maroon 5 -- and two ways to recover. Among the choices: Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars christens the Chelsea, the new, intimate venue at the Cosmopolitan . Tickets, priced at $150 and $200 (plus taxes and fees), are available online  or by calling (800) 745-3000. The concert also will be screened outdoors beside the resort's ice skating rink.
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November 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The pit bull that was strapped with fireworks and set ablaze, only to be yanked from a truck bed and left for dead in the San Fernando Valley , is on the mend after several surgeries to repair burns that exposed bone. Staff members at Westlake Village Animal Hospital  told NBC4 they weren't sure the 3-year-old pit pull, nicknamed "Indy," would survive his injuries after he was left for dead July 4 in an alley between Kittridge and Hamlin streets in Winnetka. The badly burned dog was found and rescued the next day. Now, four months later, Indy's "wounds are totally healed," said Dr. Daniel Slaton at the animal hospital.
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October 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A five-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. DRAMATIC VIDEOS OF ACCIDENT The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
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October 17, 2013 | By Joe Serna
A malfunctioning firework caused a dramatic Fourth of July pyrotechnic disaster in Simi Valley that injured dozens of people, fire officials concluded in a report released Thursday. A 5-inch-wide firework shell failed to leave its mortar tube and exploded inside, sparking a chain reaction that knocked down the display and sent debris and firework projectiles flying toward about 10,000 spectators watching hundreds of feet away. The incident was investigated by Cal/OSHA, CalFire and the Ventura County Fire Department.
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July 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A blast that rocked an Orange County neighborhood Monday night wasn't caused by some intergalactic visitor, such as a meteor from outer space. Turns out the cause was less "Independence Day" and more of an Independence Day type of salute. The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad determined that the late-hour blast was "probably a 2-to-3-inch air-burst pyrotechnic mortar, which is a fancy name for a commercial firework, (which is illegal,)" said Lt. Jeff Hallock in a message to the Times.
OPINION
July 13, 2013
Re "Illegal fireworks spark fear," July 10 Thanks to Steve Lopez for addressing what has become a serious issue in Los Angeles, particularly in the area northwest of downtown where I have lived for 18 years. Being in Glassell Park, a neighborhood of bone-dry hills and grass-filled valleys, we are subjected to this barrage of dangerous illegal fireworks from June to September. This is not a July 4 problem; it is an ongoing quality-of-life problem for tens of thousands of people across the city.
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July 10, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
But for a few "don't you have anything better to write about" comments, my column about illegal fireworks being set off by amateurs has generated many more complaints about - illegal fireworks. "How you could omit Highland Park from your article astounds me," wrote a resident of that community. "Hands down, the 90042 ZIP code wins the award for incendiarism. Our neighbors not only set off rounds upon rounds of illegal fireworks, they shoot guns. Being an ex-military family, we know our explosives!
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July 10, 2013 | Steve Lopez
It's not that he isn't patriotic. But Shai Levy, a Mid-City resident, doesn't look forward to Independence Day. "On Fourth of July, it's like Beirut here. Or Falloujah," he said of the massive, deafening illegal fireworks displays launched by his neighbors near Fairfax north of the 10 Freeway. And he's not alone. "I was driving home on the Fourth, on Pico, and thought I was in a war zone," said another Mid-City resident, L.A. city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan, who saw people setting off fireworks from the middle of the street.
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July 9, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The same pyrotechnics that malfunctioned in Simi Valley, causing at least one explosive to launch into the crowd , also failed during a Laguna Hills show, according to Bay Fireworks. The fireworks shells were manufactured in China, according to Chief Executive Dennis Brady Jr., who described the two malfunctions as "similar" in an email. "Thankfully we did not experience the same chain reaction," he wrote of the Laguna Hills incident.  This is the second year in a row that the fireworks show in Laguna Hills has been canceled early after a pyrotechnic malfunction, said City Manager Bruce Channing.
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July 8, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
A fireworks show that went awry in Simi Valley last week could be a “teachable moment” for the industry, said American Pyrotechnics Assn. Executive Director Julie L. Heckman. As the investigation begins, Heckman said the pyrotechnics association may evaluate whether the distance required between the launch site and spectators needs to change or if operators need more education, among other issues. “Right now we just don't know enough details of what really happened,” she said.
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