Video of a Fourth of July fireworks disaster in a family’s front yard has gone viral on Twitter in the latest cautionary tale about blowing things up to celebrate America’s independence.
The 31-second clip had been viewed by nearly 25 million people within 24 hours of hitting the internet Tuesday evening. It shows a group of people – including what appears to be a toddler – milling around or sitting on lawn chairs as three men light fireworks on the sidewalk near the driveway, where a van is parked. Throughout the footage, the SimpliSafe home security systems logo can be seen in the top left corner of the frame.
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After the men ignite the first firework, sparks fly dangerously close to the spectators as the men scramble to get out of the way. A woman snatches the toddler up and retreats as the men can be heard discussing amateur pyrotechnics. As a boy wanders near the rear of the van in the driveway, flames start shooting from what was presumably a fireworks arsenal located behind the vehicle that was ignited by an errant spark.
The youth retreats as the fireworks trove goes off in a series of explosions and growing ball of flame that resembles a war zone.
It appeared that everyone involved made it to safety, although no one seemed to know where the event took place. The video was first posted on Reddit in the “CrazyF***ingVideos” thread, but was later taken down by the original uploader.
In San Antonio Tuesday, Pablo Ruiz, 43, died after lighting fireworks on the top of his head, police said. First responders found him suffering from severe head trauma, with brain matter exposed from his skull, police said.
A pal who witnessed Ruiz’s death said he had been drinking when he decided to light the mortar-style firework from the top of his head. Investigators believe it exploded from the bottom of the tube, piercing his skull.