Anime Expo Brings Thousands to Downtown LA

Thousands of people made their way to downtown Los Angeles on Friday for the Anime Expo, which will be held in person for the first time since 2019.

At the Los Angeles Convention Center, images of large crowds raised concern online, although the Los Angeles Fire Department confirmed they had the situation under control.

“For the safety of all in attendance, the LAFD requested that the hosts open up a portion of the convention center to alleviate the crowds gathered in the streets,” LAFD Capt. Erik Scott in a statement. “To resolve and minimize a congested chokepoint for the duration of the expo, the LAFD instructed the host to have better coordination. At no point was the expo shut down. The department assigned several fire inspectors to the event and will make sure the expo is safe for everyone.”

Lauren Lyster reports for the KTLA 5 News on July 1, 2022.

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