Rose Parade Float Breaks Down, Catches Fire

A small fire broke out aboard a float in the 130th Rose Parade on Tuesday, prompting a brief disruption to the nationally televised New Year’s event.

This was the first time an event like this had shut down the parade in such a dramatic fashion. Attendees left in droves as the float crews tried to move the float out of the way. Many attendees who had spent the night to get a good seat for the parade were saddened by the delay of the parade.

CBS Los Angeles reported that the train-inspired vehicle by Fiesta Floats, which was designed to honor Chinese American railroad workers, had an electrical problem that prompted the “small fire.”

As a result, CBS Los Angeles reported, “the float was shut down as a safety precaution” at the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and W. Colorado Boulevard.

According to Pasadena Police Department commander Cheryl Moody, who spoke to local news outlet KTLA, the Chinese American Heritage Foundation’s float was towed for the remainder of the parade after being disabled following the blaze.

No injuries were immediately reported as a result of the float incident, which multiple outlets confirm occurred just before 10 a.m. PST. (The parade began at 8 a.m. PST.)

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