Similar shell malfunction at 2 fireworks shows

AMY TAXIN and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A fireworks company behind the Southern California show that sprayed the crowd and injured more than three dozen people says it appears to have had a similar shell malfunction at another event.

Bay Fireworks chief executive Dennis Brady Jr. says the problem in Laguna Hills, Calif., however, did not trigger the chain reaction that sent shells flying toward the crowd at a Simi Valley park on July 4.

Brady says both incidents appear to have been caused by a shell malfunction but the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company is still waiting for official findings to be released.

Laguna Hills City Manager Bruce Channing says the city’s show was shut down almost as soon as it started by a fire marshal because one of the mortars exploded at or near the ground, damaging some of the wiring to the rest of the fireworks that had yet to go off.

The city is seeking a refund.

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