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No injuries in Irvine fireworks blaze but hundreds evacuated

July 5, 2011 | 10:21 am

Irvine blaze forces evacuations.

An Independence Day fireworks display at Irvine High School was canceled about 15 minutes after it started when a small brush fire broke out, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of spectators from the stadium, officials said Tuesday.

No injuries were reported in the 9:10 p.m. Monday blaze that burned a small section of brush between the school and the 5 Freeway.

When the fireworks crew could not put out the fire with their extinguishers, units from the Orange County Fire Authority finished the job, said Lt. Julia Engen of the Irvine Police Department.

Although thousands of other people also had settled into nearby Heritage Park to watch the show for free, they did not have to be evacuated because they were not in danger, Engen said.

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Photo: Irvine blaze forces evacuations. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5

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