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Los Angeles, often abbreviated to L.A., is a large city in the U.S state of California situated on the West Coast of the United States of America. It was once the second most populous city in the U.S. after New York City.


Los Angeles was one of three major U.S. cities targeted and destroyed as part of the opening barrages of the War of 1996. Prior to the attack, crowds of UFO enthusiasts gathered on top of skyscrapers, such as the First Interstate Bank World Center (which was the primary landmark targeted by the City Destroyer) to welcome the aliens directly beneath the City Destroyer's center. The city was obliterated, killing thousands of people.

First Lady Marilyn Whitmore was in the city attending a campaign fundraiser and barely survived the destruction. Jasmine Dubrow and her son Dylan traveled through the city's ruins and helped in finding survivors, including the First Lady, and led them to El Toro.

Following the attack, the VMFA-314 Black Knights launched a disastrous assault on the City Destroyer over the ruins of Los Angeles, which saw the fighter squadron utterly wiped out by the aliens.

After the invasion, reconstruction of Los Angeles began in 1997 and was completed before or around 2010.[1]


The Destruction of Los Angeles

Los Angeles after the destruction

The Battle of Los Angeles

Behind the scenes[]

  • The digital particle fire elements designed to match pyrotechnician Joseph Viskocil's miniature explosions was used for the wide shot of the expanding blast ring in Los Angeles.
  • Visual effects supervisor Volker Engel makes a cameo in the LA destruction sequence as a "guy doing some filing" inside an office building.
  • There is a billboard featuring Roland Emmerich's Stargate being hit by a bus during the tunnel sequence.[2]
  • The ruins of Los Angeles were shot at the Kaiser Steel mill in Fontana, California, the location used for the post-apocalyptic terrain at the beginning of Terminator 2 (1991).[3] Clay Pinney and his practical effects team spent two weeks dressing the location with propane fires, broken fire hydrants and burnt-out cars prior to filming. They also created a two-hundred-foot wall of smoke to hide the undamaged buildings in the background.


  1. How I Saved the World
  2. "Independence Day: 10 Easter Eggs You Didn't Notice". WhatCulture. February 12, 2015
  3. The Making of Independence Day by Rachel Aberly & Volker Engel Aug. 1996, p. 62.

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