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As many as 20 Fourth of July celebrants were injured Thursday night in a “fireworks mishap,” according to Simi Valley police.

The incident happened about 9:20 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center and Park (map), said Cmdr. John Parks, a watch commander for the Simi Valley Police Department.

Parks confirmed that 20 people were hurt and called the detonation a “fireworks mishap.” He said initial information suggested the explosion was accidental.

Emergency medical and fire personnel were already at the park to monitor the fireworks show, so the victims were attended to quickly, Parks said.

The extent of the victims’ injuries was not immediately known.

After the blast, the park was evacuated but aerial footage showed dozens of people lingering on the outskirts of the scene and near the triage area set up on the grass.