It’s illegal in the state of California to set off fireworks — there are a handful a few exceptions. Big commercial shows that are put on by professional companies are allowed, but walking out into the street and lighting a bunch of roman candles or bottle rockets is not something people are supposed to do.
Yet they do it anyway and every year during the various new year celebrations and the Fourth of July, the valley looks and sounds like a war zone.
Here’s the footage from last year: especially amusing as an idiot managed to start a grassfire just down the way:
And then a short summary of this year’s chaos