A 46-year-old man was charged Monday with several felonies related to the detonation of illegal fireworks in Garden Grove that injured nine people, including 4- and 8-year-old brothers.
Frank Lazcano Lopez of Santa Ana was charged with two counts of use of a destructive device causing mayhem and great bodily injury and one count each of use of a destructive device causing bodily injury and dissuading a witness by force, all felonies. His arraignment on Monday in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana was rescheduled for July 28.
Police were called to the 13800 block of Rosita Place in Garden Grove about 9:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July regarding an explosion that blew out windows at an apartment complex and shattered the windows on a vehicle, police said.
The 8-year-old boy was rushed to OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana with a serious eye injury and burns, police said. Five other children were also injured by the explosion and treated by paramedics who responded to the explosion, police said.
The 4-year-old and his 8-year-old brother sustained burned corneas, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
When officers went to OC Global Medical Center they learned three other people were injured from the blast and went to the hospital on their own, police said. Five of the nine injured in the blast were hospitalized, police said.
The blast was caught on cellphone video, and Lopez was one of the suspects seen igniting the box of fireworks who was arrested, police said. Lopez was also accused of threatening a witness to delete photos of the damages, prosecutors said.