"I was stunned by this booming sound. I had no idea what it was. The dog went into what I thought was a cardiac arrest." The California resident isn't talking about a shooting or a terrorist attack, as some initially thought they were hearing, but rather ... an eight-minute fireworks display (bigger than most 4th of July shows, according to an ABC7 reporter) put on by Khloe Kardashian just after midnight yesterday, apparently to celebrate her basketball player boyfriend's birthday. The noise frightened confused residents of Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Venice, and other beach communities, many of whom called authorities to find out what was going on, the Los Angeles Times reports. Some celebrities who live in the area even complained about the fireworks on Twitter, Hollywood Life notes.
The Coast Guard reportedly reviewed the event, and officials say it passed a safety checklist for pyrotechnic displays; the agency also says it didn't require a permit because it took place on a yacht in open water, around a mile from the marina. But some residents say it actually took place within the breakwater or just 100 feet away. As for land-based law enforcement, the LA County Sheriff's Department and Fire Department knew about the fireworks in advance, but city and county agencies are apparently not responsible for fireworks that occur outside the breakwater. Some locals and officials are upset that every agency appears to be passing the buck, but the Sheriff's Department is investigating whether any laws were broken. The Fire Department also is investigating, the Daily Breeze reports.