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Fireworks debris at Hollywood Bowl caused minor injuries

A few people at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night suffered minor injuries from fireworks debris, representatives of the venue said Saturday.

The fireworks went off at a Brian Setzer concert as he was performing "Rock This Town."

Witnesses told The Times that sparks from the fireworks rained down on those in seats up front and that ash dusted others farther back.

Lisa White, a publicist for the Hollywood Bowl, said some fireworks debris had fallen in the area at the front of the venue and some patrons’ clothes were singed.

“There were minor burns, nothing significant,” White said. Those injured were offered transportation to a hospital by fire officials, but “all refused” the offer, White said.

Witnesses said that as audience members filed out, they saw firetrucks outside.

Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, confirmed that his agency had responded to the incident, but said “no ambulance transport was required.”

Fire personnel are always stationed on site during performances involving fireworks, White said.

Stephanie Ferrell, a Times employee who attended the show, said audience members were confused at first about whether the sparks and ash were part of the pyrotechnics show or a problem.

Another witness, Gwilym McGrew, said several people in the front rows tried to cover their heads and headed for the exits, with women swatting sparks from their hair.

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