Even the persuasion of the mayor did not stop the launch.
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 5, 2018
The helicopter of the American television channel NBC Los Angeles on the night of July 4 captured many flashes of fireworks in different parts of Los Angeles. Most of the launches for the Independence Day were illegal: the use of fireworks without special permission is allowed only in several places.
Even the mayor of the city, Eric Garcetti, could not protect the city from explosions of firecrackers. On the eve of the holiday he published on Twitter a short video with an exploding watermelon, stressing that the launch of fireworks in the city is prohibited.
#Fireworks are illegal in the City of Los Angeles and even small ones can cause a lot of damage.
This watermelon was completely destroyed by a firework the size of a stick of gum.
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 2, 2018
California laws prohibit storing, using and transporting fireworks. All this is punishable by a fine of $ 1,000 (about 60,000 rubles) and imprisonment. And the sale of illegal fireworks is a criminal offense. The number of calls to Los Angeles police with complaints about illegal fireworks has increased from 5532 in 2013 to 8,204 cases in 2017.