Spectators enjoying the sights at the annual National Air Races, held at the Los Angeles Municipal Airport. Nearly 100 of the most talented pilots from across the world participated and thousands attended.
Fire fighters with a hose at the former site of the Golden State Fireworks and Display Co. plant the night of a fireworks explosion (Feb. 7, 1940). The blast was felt 40 miles away, injured four, and damaged many nearby homes. Cause of the explosion is suspected to be decomposing firework shells, or possibly a gopher chewing on powder. Damages estimated at $100,000
Howard Hughes in court during the inquest for the traffic death of Gabe S. Meyer. Hughes struck Gabe S. Meyer with his automobile. Meyer died from the injuries sustained. A jury found the pedestrian's death accidental and exonerated Hughes.
Two boys play with a toy sailboat at 57th and 10th avenue, which was flooded after disastrous storms in January of 1940. The heavy rainstorms halted traffic and caused highway and bridge damage. At least three died and many were treated for injuries
Man uses a small bulldozer to clear brush after a fire in La Canada. The brush fire threatened four foothill communities including La Canada, Montrose, Glendale, and Flintridge. The crew saved many homes from the blaze, but several old cars were destroyed.
Crowds gathered to participate in the celebration of the Mystic Shrine's Durbar festival. An overturned car is visible within the crowd. 20,000 spectators enjoyed street parades on South Olive Street and festivities at the Shrine Auditorium.