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Revelers suffer burns at Persian New Year party at L.A. beach

March 17, 2010 | 11:10 am

Los Angeles Fire Department medics were called to Dockweiler State Beach several times to treat people who suffered burns at a Persian New Year celebration, officials said Wednesday.

Medics responded to four calls near the beach between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday and took three people to local hospitals, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. No serious injuries were reported.

The new year's celebration of Nowruz drew from 7,000 to 10,000 revelers to the beach, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

As a part of the festivities, participants leap over small bonfires, an act that symbolizes the transition into a new year. Because of Los Angeles' strict fire codes, Iranians living in Southern California often celebrate at local beaches, where fires are allowed.

-- Kate Linthicum

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