Ever wonder what happens to all of the fireworks that the police confiscate?
If a YouTube video posted by the New York City police department is any indication of universal practice, those fireworks do eventually meet their logical end.
New York City police have confiscated about 5,000 pounds of consumer fireworks in 2011 that together have a value of more than $25,000, according to the video’s description. All buying, selling and use of consumer fireworks in the city is illegal.
Bomb squad technicians “destroyed the confiscated fireworks at the NYPD firing range in the Bronx” on July 1, reads the YouTube caption, which is a fancy way of saying that they piled them up and set them off.