This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Here Are Some Of The 55 Palm Trees Angelenos Set Ablaze In The Name Of Freedom
The results are in: Angelenos managed to set 55 trees on fire this 4th of July weekend.
Additionally, the LAFD told LA Weekly that there were 93 incidents related to the holiday weekend so far, but that the count is not yet complete.
But if you were under the impression you heard a lot of fireworks this weekend, you should rest easy knowing some of the noises could have just been some freedom-lovin' Americans shooting off their guns.
Shooting off guns responsibly is probably actually safer than blasting roman candles into trees. Palm trees can be particularly flammable. As you can see, they set ablaze easily and their flaming fronds are easily carried by the wind into other flammable things like bushes and dry grass. This could be especially dangerous if we were in, say, a drought.
Just a friendly reminder to not light fireworks when youre drunk or you may light a tree on fire pic.twitter.com/Egf3UFrppV— Ryan Nickerson (@ryan_nickerson9) July 5, 2014
Palm trees & rogue fireworks don't mix well, but they make a pretty picture ( by @HusseinKatz ) #echopark #mydayinLA pic.twitter.com/OjkCDEf37K— L I L Y B H A N D A R I (@mazet) July 6, 2014
One of the many palm tree fire's in the L.A. area from Friday night. #4thofJuly pic.twitter.com/39EqrsVBs9— firevalleyphoto (@firevalleyphoto) July 6, 2014
[h/t Curbed LA]
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.