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CLE 4th of July party leaves one hurt and others concerned about firework safety

Posted at 10:41 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 11:07:52-04

Cleveland police responded to a Fourth of July fireworks party that left one person hurt, and others in the Bernard Avenue neighborhood concerned about their safety.

Some residents reported sustained explosions on the street that lasted several minutes, fueled by what they believe were illegal and homemade fireworks.

Video posted on Facebook showed one man explode into a puff of smoke after neighbors said he was allegedly trying to light a homemade explosive.

The blast had Cleveland police and EMS racing to the scene.

Residents, who were too afraid to be identified, told News 5 this isn't the first time an illegal fireworks party was hosted on Bernard Avenue.

Steve Woodruff, who lives down the street, said the party had cars parked on both sides of the street.

"There were at least 40 cars on the street, like all the way down," Woodruff said. "The stuff they were lighting off, I saw some go sideways, I saw some malfunction."

Neighbors say police showed restraint and did not make any arrests.

However Woodruff hopes his neighbors will use better judgment and caution in the future.

"I would definitely say homemade would not be the way to go," Woodruff said.  "A couple of bottle rockets, maybe some fire crackers in the trash can but not mortars and homemade. I mean you saw what happened."