Illegal firework show to light up sky over upper Manhattan

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INWOOD, Manhattan (PIX11) -- The Fourth of of July in Inwood wasn't going to be impacted by a little afternoon rain.

It was evident when PIX 11 News came across one local resident enjoying a holiday BBQ with a group of friends on a corner along Sherman Avenue.

The area is expected to get real lively once the sun sets Friday night, with what has become the unofficial fireworks show of upper Manhattan, the lighting of fireworks on the streets of Inwood.

The fireworks shows were captured in a short film titled "The Incredibly Spectacular Dyckman Fireworks Co." by the Uptown Collective.

There is one problem in all this -- it's illegal. That fact is what bothers longtime residents like Harry Alfaro. The Spanish speaking neighborhood resident said, "There is a dangerous risk with the fireworks."

When PIX11 News asked if there are many, Alfaro said, "They are dispersed, some here and some there, but nobody knows who sets them off."

Renso Vidal has witnessed them being set off in the past and he doesn't like what he's seen. "Unfortunately people use alcohol, drugs and all that and in that type of situation and that is dangerous."

In fact, Vidal has taken protective measures with his young grandchildren. "I already spoke with them about that."

Viri Diana adds that the pyrotechnics are not simply for this evening. "Throughout the month of July is fireworks," adding that, "Everyday there is fireworks pretty much."

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