Burbank’s 2013 Summer Concert Series kicked off with its July 4th event at Starlight Bowl on Thursday. Several thousand inside the Starlight Amphitheater enjoyed the music of High Street Band with a spectacular fireworks show that followed. Families picnicked on the grass area, while kids ran around to the music of yesteryear. Several thousand more lined the street below the Starlight Bowl to get a glimpse of the spectacular show.
Kenn Lewis checks all the cannons prior to the firework show. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Several thousand packed the Starlight Bowl for this years July 4. event. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Kenn Lewis the licensed Pyro technician who was responsible for the fireworks display said there were over 300 different cannons that will be ignited during the display, that would last 20 minutes. The Burbank Fire Department had Fire Inspectors oversee his installation along with the firing of the fireworks. For fire prevention The Los Angeles City Fire Department had 2 water dropping helicopters staged and standing by on the Mesa that overlooks the Starlight Bowl parking lots. There were no spot fires following Burbank’s Fireworks show, and no injuries reported from the events at the Starlight Bowl or from fireworks in the city.
Burbank Fire Fighters were called to a reported structure fire at Samuel’s Florist near the corner of Victory Blvd. and Olive Avenue late Monday evening. Upon arriving on the scene, they found a tall Cypress tree well involved in flames. The fire was located in the driveway of the business next to a brick building.
Burbank Fire Department knocked down this Cypress bush fire next to Samuel’s Florist within minutes. The cause was possibly illegal fireworks. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
Firefighters found there was no spread of flames after checking the roofs of the nearby business.
A neighbor had reported hearing some fireworks going off minutes before the fire was reported.
The Burbank Fire Department along with nearby Fire Departments reminds Burbank residents that ALL FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN BURBANK, including even the ‘Safe and Sane’ type.
Civilians grabbed a garden hose prior to the Fire Departments arrival and knocked down a good part of the fire next to Samuel’s Florist. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)
It was the ‘Party of the Century’. It was the 100th anniversary of the City of Burbank Incorporation into a city and two years of planning went into the event. Robert Vincent takes you to the festivities that ended with a spectacular fireworks show to end the night. Tens of thousands citizens attended the event on July 8, 2011
At approximately 9:50 p.m. Wednesday night, two very loud booms had residents, and even a police officer reporting shots being fired. One resident called police because they thought an electrical transformer had blown.
The booms, which were very loud, deep-sounding explosions, came from the area of Burbank and Victory Blvds. A police officer out on a traffic stop at Chandler and Victory Blvd. observed the actual source of the booms — fireworks in the sky, and put to rest the reports of shots fired. Another witness said the two large aerial salute fireworks exploded approximately 200 feet in the sky.
Apparently the source of the illegal fireworks was not found. Incidentally, the 4th of July is more than 3 months away.