Ever seen those viral videos showing reporters getting too stoned for TV, while police burn a huge seizure of marijuana in the background? This is kind of like that, but we're all getting blasted. Literally.
A video of the Midland Police Department out of Texas blowing up 20,000 pounds of seized fireworks has gone viral for all the right reasons. Nearby residents apparently got a hell of a show, as it took three and a half days to blow all of them up.
From the Midland PD's Facebook page:
MPD's bomb squad recently assisted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the disposal of approximately 20,000 pounds of seized fireworks over the course of three and a half days in Glasscock County. Odessa, Lubbock, and Amarillo's bomb squads were also there to assist.
Edit: To answer some of the questions we are getting, these fireworks were seized by ATF, not MPD. This disposal was very informative for our bomb techs who are charged with handling explosives. Also, this was done during the day because it was not meant to be a fireworks show. These fireworks could not be donated since their destruction was court-ordered.
In related news, a firework factory recently blew up in Colombia. The explosion was so massive that it knocked an amateur cameraman off his feet. One person sustained a minor injury in the explosion, the BBC reported.
Daniel Rivero is a producer/reporter for Fusion who focuses on police and justice issues. He also skateboards, does a bunch of arts related things on his off time, and likes Cuban coffee.