A man described as in his 20s was shot and killed early this morning at a party in the 400 block of Estudillo Avenue in Boyle Heights, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Meanwhile, in El Sereno, police were pelted with bottles on Alhambra Avenue, said The Voice. No reports of violence in Highland Park, but there was plenty of smoke and noise.
In Echo Park, meanwhile, the hundreds of people who had gathered around Echo Park Lake were dispersed by police units on the ground (bottom picture) and in the air to avoid a repeat of incidents in recent years when some palm trees were set afire by fireworks.
"This year police herded everyone out by 9pm, loud speakers blaring: 'The park is closed, fireworks are illegal,'" said a resident who watched the scene from his home near the lake. "A helicopter swept it's light and families dispersed. Fireworks continued in the side streets late in to the night, but it was definitely quieter than last year. Less money to burn I imagine."
In addition to the usual skyrockets and firecrackers, bright red flares also floated above Echo Park north of the lake. The flares, suspended from small parachutes, were seen landing on roof tops.
* This story has been updated with new info from Echo Park.
Top photo by Alonzo D via Flickr; bottom photo by Martin Cox