The City of Lancaster defied the COVID-restrictions on public fireworks, anticipating its citizens would use common sense when viewing.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 containment rules prohibited fireworks on Independence Day.
However, Independence Day celebrators lit up the Los Angeles sky with illegal fireworks.
All across the region, fireworks lit up the skies for Fourth of July in near constant bursts of color Saturday night.
The fireworks left a blanket of smoke over cities as firefighters spent the night rushing to put out scattered blazes.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said its crews responded to 29 structure fires, 12 brush fires, 17 grass fires, 65 tree fires and 116 rubbish fires just as of 10 p.m. Saturday.
“The numbers speak for themselves. Fireworks are not toys,” LAFD said, reminding residents that fireworks are illegal.
The city-wide show was spectacular:
Fireworks across Los Angelespic.twitter.com/WYRZMOzd2C
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) July 5, 2020
Drone footage captured the illicit magic.
This year’s show is unique for several different reasons. Though the setting of illegal fireworks on the 4th is part of the area’s tradition, I suspect the number of ignitions is a bit higher than in past years. Californians are pushing back at the coronavirus restrictions, that were supposed to be in place only to prevent swamping hospitals (not until the state reached zero caseloads).
— Miranda Landers (@Miranda_Landers) July 5, 2020
Residents in this blue state still love their country, despite the press attention on the statue-destroying America-haters.
Time-lapse of fireworks over Los Angeles pic.twitter.com/4oGCHqtwhz
— Black Hole (@konstructivizm) July 5, 2020
Many found the event breathtaking.
Los Angeles is lit up tonight and it’s beautiful. The big city fireworks were cancelled and I’m on a hill watching every community get together in groups of, yes, every race, and just be together in awe. This video can’t capture it. pic.twitter.com/tS8Zr28Ifw
— Brian McWilliams (@BrianMcWilliams) July 5, 2020
Furthermore, one area city it particular deserves individual accolades from liberty-loving Americans. Lancaster defied the fireworks ban imposed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and held a public fireworks show on the 4th.
….Many, including Cheryl Avery Shain, considered the fireworks a stand against Gov. Gavin Newsom. “Thanks for the fireworks R Rex Parris. Glad to see someone standing up to Gruesome.”
The City Council voted to move forward with the display at an emergency meeting Saturday, granting Parris’ request for authority to issue a permit and sign a contract with a fireworks vendor for a show.
“The city has considered all risks and feels confident in our ability to safely host a show,” Parris wrote on the city’s Facebook page. ” A show our residents deserve after a year of continuing challenges.”
“When you look around here, this city is the safest city in Los Angeles County. If you look at the number of hospital admissions and our death rate — we are the safest city,” Parris told KTLA.
The mayor said the display would be safe for the public as long as viewers remained in their vehicles or if they wore masks when outside one. He added that those who do not wear a face covering would be cited.
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