Illegal Fireworks and Arson in Isla Vista During Power Outage

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff

Just before 10:00 p.m. last night, December 4, 2017, electrical infrastructure damage from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County caused sweeping power outages affecting the southern part of Santa Barbara County, which included the community of Isla Vista. Contemporaneous with the power failure, unknown subjects began to fire off commercial-grade fireworks in Isla Vista. These fireworks were both mortar style and cinder cones. The mortar style fireworks were launched over the ocean and over Del Playa Drive and the cinder cone fireworks were being set off at intersections in the main residential areas. This display attracted several thousand residents of Isla Vista, who began to congregate on Del Playa Drive, particularly in the 6600 block between Camino Pescadero and Camino Del Sur. During this impromptu gathering, unknown suspects committed four individual acts of arson. These intentionally set fires included two couches, a chair and a dumpster that were set ablaze. It appears that gasoline was used in at least one of the fires as an accelerant. 

Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the series of events diverted resources away from other important calls for service.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public that first responders and the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center are extremely busy due to the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the widespread power outages we have experienced in southern Santa Barbara County. We request your cooperation as we work together to provide safety during this crisis period.

The photo is courtesy of Daily Nexus photographer McLane Brown.

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a-1544424795 Dec 06, 2017 08:31 AM
Illegal Fireworks and Arson in Isla Vista During Power Outage

No one missed the burning of the bank as far as I can tell. When I arrived in SB every second person I met told me that they were there when it burned. It became a badge of your bona fides as a progressive. This validation ritual lasted for decades. Of course it would not be possible for all these people to be present but if you were at UCSB anytime in that decade apparently it included a video of the burning which you could view!!! What is it about people that makes them want to claim stuff like this or are they all just like Trump......

Roger Dec 06, 2017 08:39 AM
Illegal Fireworks and Arson in Isla Vista During Power Outage

I used to be proud of all that stuff when I was a juvenile offender I got stabbed good in my arm pit when I was 13, I used to walk around with my arm raised showing my stab wound people probably thought I wanted them to smell my B.O.....

Roger Dec 06, 2017 06:37 AM
Illegal Fireworks and Arson in Isla Vista During Power Outage

I met a drunk years ago in A.A. and part of his story was that he and his drunk buddies were the ones that burned the bank he wasn't a student...I remember a mellower IV back in the mid 90's I used to love the coffee shops I spoke at a meeting there years ago and go have coffee afterwards everything seemed mellow then.

GeneralTree Dec 05, 2017 07:21 PM
Illegal Fireworks and Arson in Isla Vista During Power Outage

Nothing has changed. Are you shocked? During the great floods of the 90's Isla Vista liquor stores price gouged - The electricity was out so residents were invited in to the store in groups of 5. Triple the prices. Landlords have run amok since then. There has always been chaos in IV. We wanna be free! We wanna be free to do what we wanna do. ... We wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man! The only reason people give a $%$( about it now is because downtown IV has become corporate and gentrified for the rich money $$$ students piping in. The world is not as boring as a Starbucks.

420722 Dec 05, 2017 06:30 PM
Illegal Fireworks and Arson in Isla Vista During Power Outage

Wow. People were losing their homes and even a life was lost and these idiots (our future) were lighting things on fire and dancing in the street. I understand young and dumb and having fun since I’m young too but this surpasses that. Shame on you IV.

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