With official July 4 fireworks cancelled this year due to coronavirus, amateur displays illuminated the skies around the Bay Area Saturday night. But the illegal displays led to noise complaints -- and are being blamed for at least 100 blazes around the region. Emergency officials even took to social media to warn of fire risks. And it’s not just independence day: fireworks have been a familiar sound in many cities in recent weeks. We'll talk about the prevalence and impact of fireworks displays around the region.
Illegal July 4 Fireworks Spark Numerous Fires in Bay Area
Fireworks explode in the sky as people gather at Father Hennepin Park during the Black 4th protest on July 4, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
Aldo Toledo, reporter, San Jose Mercury News