UPDATED with latest: Sources have confirmed to Deadline that the explosion at a Santa Clarita commercial park late Tuesday afternoon involved commercial pyrotechnics.
There were 3 people reported rushed to the hospital yesterday. Deadline has confirmed that a fourth person was also injured. All are expected to make a full recovery.
Midday Wednesday, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department sent out an alert saying its Arson and Explosives Detail was assisting with the investigation.
“Detectives have learned that the blast was caused by the processing of commercial pyrotechnics, which were owned by a private company,” the alert read. “There are four reported injured, all of when suffered extensive injuries and were subsequently transported to a trauma center. Two of the victims were later transferred to a burn ward.”
PREVIOUSLY on Tuesday: The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a call late Tuesday afternoon about an explosion at 25104 Rye Canyon Loop in Santa Clarita. Initial indications from LAFD were that three people were burned critically and were transported by paramedics to the hospital.
UPDATE: Forward progress of fire halted at one acre. Three critical burn patients transported by Paramedics after an initial report of a explosion. PIO en route to scene. Initial dispatch @ 16:45. #RyeFire #LACoFD
— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) February 3, 2021
There are conflicting reports about whether or not the incident occurred on a film set. The Associated Press identified it as such, but did not name the production. The local Santa Clarita Signal said the address matched a popular filming location but said no permit had been issued for the site, according to Evan Thomason, an economic development associate who leads the city’s film office. KABC7 said in its live report that the location looked more like a prop storage facility. Later in the evening, the Signal reported that Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Matheny confirmed the explosion occurred “at a business within the industrial park” and not a movie set.
What the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff called a “loud explosion” also started a fire on a nearby hillside that was stopped at 1 acre. The short-lived blaze was dubbed the Rye Fire.
. Additional photo from the #RyeFire near Santa Clarita courtesy of @lunettacaleb & @SCVSignal. Two @LACoFireAirOps Firehawk helicopters assisted with stopping forward progress. @LACoFD @SCVSheriff @santaclarita #teamwork pic.twitter.com/orKNuacaWO
— LACoFireAirOps (@LACoFireAirOps) February 3, 2021
The SCV Sheriff said that “fire crews and hazmat resources” were conducting and investigation after the fire was extinguished.
An active brush fire has been reported on the 25100 block of Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia after reports of a loud explosion. Fire crews and hazmat rescources are currently conducting and investigation. Please stay clear of the area. #RyeFire
— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) February 3, 2021
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