For the third year in a row, budget constraints put the kibosh on San Jose’s July 4th fireworks show. In the city’s Alviso neighborhood, however, the joint was jumping in terms of noisy, colorful — and illegal — explosions, as people went the decidedly unofficial route.

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You can watch raw video from KTVU here. Right around 1:50, it begins to sound a little like 1980s Beirut.

Illustrating the dangers of some illegal fireworks, a Concord man yesterday blew some of his fingers off after lighting one.

Last night was also a busy one for Bay Area firefighters. Though the causes of these multiple blazes have not yet been determined, fireworks are suspected in at least some…


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix.  He also writes about film for KQED Arts.

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