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Extremely loud, incredibly close: Best video yet of San Diego's fireworks apocalypse (Warning: Loud)

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Screenshot via YouTube

"Night becomes day," says YouTube user  who uploaded the best yet documentation of San Diego's mega fireworks explosion on the Fourth of July.

Shot on a Canon 60D DSLR, according to the video description, the dramatic imagary elicited a number of colorful reactions from users, from "ATTTTOOOMMIICCC HOLOOOCAUUSSSTTTT!," to "How is this a failure? It was amazing...," to "Come on ! There are tens of thousands of fireworks all around the planet. Which one will you REALLY remember by the end of the year," to "That wasn't fireworks.. basically a bomb."

One thing commenters did agree on, however, was that the video is very, very, very, loud ("Let's say a prayer for all the headphone users," ie).

For the love of hearing, please take off your headphones before watching this.


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Fireworks watch: Day 2, more busts and check out our map!

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Festive fun or future inferno? LAFD says leave fireworks to the pro's this July 4th.

It's the day before the Fourth of July and police are at the climax of a crackdown on illegal fireworks in L.A. County. Tuesday morning brought word of a massive stash of explosives found in East L.A. Anyone living on the densely populated and shrubbery filled 700 block of South Kern Avenue should feel a little more at ease lighting a match. Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputies seized 2 tons of explosives from a shop there on Monday. 

Among the goods were fireworks called "Devil’s Thrill," which apparently looks like this.  “Triple Break Magnum Shells" and “Reapers Doom” explosives were also recovered. 

According to the sheriff's department, 34-year old Victor Nolasco, of East Los Angeles, was cited and released for possession of illegal fireworks. The property owner is also being investigated. 

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Fireworks watch: Day 1, big busts drain supplies, plus, how do you track this stuff?

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Festive fun or future inferno? LAFD says leave fireworks to the pro's this July 4th.

Yes, that time is upon us, when as soon as the sun goes down, shots ring out across LA's neighborhoods. Not gunshots (for the most part), but something acoustically similar: fireworks. Second-hand accounts and observations by this reporter suggest that people are already setting off firecrackers in Koreatown, Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Westlake. 

Meanwhile, police and firefighters around Los Angeles are hoping for a safe year in 2012. Previous years have seen injuries and property damage. For instance, according to the National Fire Protection Association, 15,500 fires started by fireworks in 2010 wreaked $36 million worth of property damage. That same year, emergency rooms treated 8,600 people for fireworks related injuries, almost half of them children under 15. LAFD says that with fireworks, as with many things in life, more often than not it's the bystander, not the instigator who gets hurt.  

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