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|Apparently, guns aren't exciting enough...here in the Baltimore, MD area, idiots have started shooting fireworks at each other and each other's property. Additionally, a number of homemade explosive devices are also being used. There is video in the link below from local Baltimore news station WBAL.
BALTIMORE — The use of illegal fireworks is reaching a dangerous level in Maryland. Video obtained by 11 News shows people in southwest Baltimore engaged in a fireworks attack.
Residents have been complaining about overnight illegal firework displays for weeks, but video has now surfaced showing people shooting fireworks at each other and at the property.
The 11 News I-Team showed the video to a number of city residents, some who said they've seen this type of activity before.
"It's just dangerous. I mean you have to make better choices," said Joseph Lewis, of Baltimore
"I don't think that's a smart thing to do. Why would you shoot somebody with a firework?" said Ilshat K, of Baltimore.
"You throw it the wrong way, it hits you in the face, you lose an eye. It can wedge into your belt, you know, you can have some serious injuries that way," said Dan Zywan, of Baltimore.
Experts said such scenes are even more dangerous than they look. The state fire marshal warns homemade improvised explosives are also showing up on the streets.
"They may look like fireworks, but they are not they are commonly known as M80s, M1000s or M100s. These devices are illegal explosive devices, and they are powerful enough to cause severe amputations and death," Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci said.
Fireworks that explode in the air are illegal in Maryland -- even possessing fireworks in Baltimore City is illegal. Violators face a fine of $250 per firework.
City residents are worried people will get seriously hurt.
"I don't particularly care for it. It's scary. A lot of times, they go off and you don't know what it is and it scares me and my grandchildren," said Brenda Knotts, of Baltimore. "I think fireworks and stuff like that has its own place."
Residents have noticed an increase in out-of-state fireworks discounts advertised on billboards and on the radio. They wish police would go after the sellers and buyers.
Baltimore City police did not respond to an inquiry from 11 News.