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NYPD Disposes of 5,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks [Video]

What does it look like when you set off 5,000 pounds of fireworks on the ground? A lot like this disposal video from the NYPD Bomb Squad.

Fireworks restrictions are pretty tight in New York City; when you have that many people in that small a space the risk of somebody burning down a block of apartments with drunken homegrown fireworks show is a serious one. They NYPD rounds up fireworks they find but can’t just throw them in the dumpster behind the station. The fireworks end up on the NYPD firing range in the Bronx where the Bomb Squad sets them off in style (in this case 5,000 pounds worth of style).

NYPD Fireworks Destruction July 2011 [YouTube via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/4/11

Comments (8)

  1. BobbyPhoenix

    They should have did that at night!

  2. GreyBeard

    I agree Bobby; it woudda been a lot more impressive show at night. But then there would have been all that overtime pay to fork out, cuz we all know that nobody blows up anything at night… Nothing needs to be defused because its all about notoriety.

    My wife said “The video was sadly disappointing when based on the description in the paragraph about it.”

    My thought: They could have done it in Central Park this evening, Jul 4th, during a public demonstration of the bomb squad’s capabilities, and promoted it as part of the city’s 4th of July celebrations.

  3. greendiamond

    so this is what they do with all those confiscated fireworks

  4. Carlos Ferrari

    “My thought: They could have done it in Central Park this evening, Jul 4th, during a public demonstration of the bomb squad’s capabilities, and promoted it as part of the city’s 4th of July celebrations.”.

    ‘Nuff said!

  5. Mitchel

    What the hell? a bomb squad just goes to some random location and sets illegal fireworks on fire? anybody can do that.

  6. Sharon

    They should have distributed them to other New York cities for their July 4th celebrations. WHAT A WASTE!!!!

  7. Julia

    Good idea, GreyBeard.

  8. Moniqueues

    That is utterly ridiculous. If they HAD to get rid of them then why didn’t they put them in a container to stop them flying everywhere. This was more of a publicity stunt than anything else.

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