Santa Ana: Fireworks Fly At Massive Lunar New Year Celebration

01.21.2023 | 11:00 PM | SANTA ANA – A Lunar New Year celebration involving a wealth of fireworks and firecrackers lasted for hours blocking traffic and causing at least one person to seek medical treatment, late Saturday night.

The celebrations at the Hue Quang Buddhist Temple, located in the 4900 block of Westminster Avenue, prompted a massive turnout of hundreds celebrating the Lunar New Year around 11:00 PM.

The large crowds prompted authorities to black vehicle traffic in both directions of Westminster Avenue between Euclid and La Bonita until around 2:00 AM.

Large aerial fireworks, which are illegal in California, sent debris flying and prompted at least one person to seek medical attention.

That person declined transport to an area hospital.

An similar celebration at the same location in 2020 left 12 people injured as fireworks struck members of the crowd.

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