SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A Santa Ana man was charged Monday in reference to a Fourth of July fireworks explosion in Garden Grove that injured several people.
Frank Lazcano Lopez, 46, has been charged with two felony counts of explosion inflicting mayhem and nice bodily harm, one felony depend of explosion of a damaging system inflicting bodily harm and one felony depend of dissuading a witness by power or risk.
In keeping with prosecutors, Backyard Grove police had been referred to as to Rosita Place and San Juan Place simply after 11 p.m. on July 4 for stories of a big explosion that injured a number of folks, together with younger youngsters, watching fireworks. A number of folks had been rushed to space hospitals to be handled for his or her accidents, together with two brothers, ages 4 and eight, who suffered burns to their corneas. The 8-year-old additionally suffered second-degree burns round his eye. The explosion additionally precipitated important harm to a number of close by vehicles.
Lopez just isn’t solely accused of igniting the fireworks, but additionally threatening a witness in hopes of forcing him to delete images of the damages brought on by the explosion.
“The accidents suffered by these harmless youngsters had been utterly preventable,” Orange County District Lawyer Todd Spitzer mentioned. “Yearly, regulation enforcement and hearth officers warn the general public concerning the risks of unlawful fireworks — and yearly folks undergo accidents they need to by no means have suffered if they’d listened to our warnings.
“This time it is rather younger youngsters who had been pressured to undergo the very actual and really painful results of unlawful fireworks,” Spitzer continued. “And youngsters ought to by no means must undergo on account of the irresponsible acts of an grownup.”
Lopez, who was arrested Thursday, was being held Monday on the Theo Lacy Facility on $1 million bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a most sentence of life in jail.