Texas Police Detonate 20,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks

Midland Police Department

Who says you have to wait until the Fourth of July to blow stuff up?

Police in Midland, Texas detonated more than 20,000 pounds of illegal fireworks and shared the video on their Facebook page. The display went on for more than a minute, with a constant barrage of flashes and bangs strong enough to light up the Texas sky in midday.

Police say all of the fireworks were confiscated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives within about three and a half days -- all from surrounding cities in West Texas' Glasscock county. A Texas court ordered the fireworks destroyed, and Midland Police Department's bomb squad assisted with the detonation, along with assistance from Lubbock Police Department and Amarillo Police Department.

It's a shame they couldn't have destroyed the fireworks at night, but the Midland PD chimed in to provide clarification on why they went about the destruction in the day:

"To answer some of the questions we are getting, these fireworks were seized by ATF, not MPD. This disposal was very informative for our bomb techs who are charged with handling explosives. Also, this was done during the day because it was not meant to be a fireworks show. These fireworks could not be donated since their destruction was court-ordered."

It's still pretty impressive. Check out the video below.

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Texas Police Detonate 20,000 Pounds of Illegal Fireworks