Street takeover in downtown L.A. leaves two cars in flames

An illegal street takeover in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday morning left two vehicles engulfed in flames.

Police were summoned to the intersection of West 18th and Main streets near the 10 Freeway at 2:49 a.m. and found “in excess of 50 cars,” LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said.


Firefighters extinguished the vehicles, which were towed from the scene. There were no injuries or arrests.

Street takeovers, also known as sideshows, in which souped-up cars spin around in intersections, burning tires, to the delight of fans, are under increasing scrutiny in L.A. Hundreds occur every year, with some resulting in deadly crashes and shootings.

The City Council launched a pilot program this year to combat illegal takeovers by installing hardened center lines at certain intersections to deter stunts. The location of Saturday’s fire was not among them.

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