(L.A.) Zorak Habeshian, 42, Died From Blast of Fireworks

Case Number: 2022-06924

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 42-year-old male of Armenian ethnicity that occurred in a hospital.

The coroner’s office has identified the man as Zorak Habeshian. Born in Armenia.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Blast Force Injury

Killed in a fireworks explosion in Montebello during a Fourth of July celebration.

Incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Germain Drive.

Habeshian was handling a suspected “high-powered, mortar-type, aerial firework,” which was illegal in the city, when it exploded. Habeshian was found unconscious with serious injuries lying in the yard of a home.

Local fire, police and paramedics arrived at the scene and Habeshian was taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

The victim apparently attempted to hold the device when the fireworks went off, causing severe, fatal trauma to his upper torso.

RIP ZORAK HABESHIAN (October 21, 1979 – July 4, 2022)

Buried at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, California 90601; Creekside Heights Lawn; Gate: 1, Section: 2, Lot: 3005, Grave: 1.