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    Big Explosion With Fireball, Pyrotechnics & Helicopter Activity Expected In El Dorado Park Glider Park Area As City Hall Grants Permit For "CSI Miami" Filming On Wednesday

    (Oct. 16, 2006) -- An ELB/El Dorado Park area resident let us know about this notice issued on the letterhead of the City of LB's Dept. of Parks, Recreation & Marine from City Hall's Office of Special Events and Filming. We post its pertinent text below:

    [begin text]

    Notification of Intended Filming
    Pyrotechnics and Helicopter Activity

    The City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming has granted a film permit for the following: ...

    TITLE: CSI Miami (t.v. drama)
    [Lists location representative]

    LOCATION: El Dorado Park East (Area #3)...
    DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, October 18th from 7 AM to 10 PM

    ACTIVITY: Filming activity on and around the Glider Field area of El Dorado Park. Scenes involve a HELICOPTER landing and taking off and simulating a tanker truck exploding. There will be a LARGE EXPLOSION AND FIREBALL. We anticipate the explosion to occur between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. We are working closely with Fire and Police Departments to ensure a safe and successful film shot.

    Please note that Area 3 @ El Dorado will be closed to the public during filming.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming at (562) 570-5333. If questions arise after normal business hours, please see the uniformed safety official on site.

    Thank you for helping to support film production in Southern California!


    Dave Ashman
    Tasha Day
    Film Commissioner
    Andy Witherspoon
    Film Coordinator

    A staffer in the office of 5th district Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske told that they've been advised of the upcoming filming. The staffer noted that the Office of Special Events & Filming handles permits citywide, including enforcing compliance with conditions and safety measures.

    The site area isn't far from the El Dorado Park fire station (north of Wardlow Rd.)

    As separately reported on our front page, downtown LB recently saw "explosions" for another film project (we posted pix at However, the downtown "explosions" didn't involve a helicopter...and (judging by the photos of the downtown explosion), the planned "fireball" in El Dorado Park may be bigger.

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