In what has become a regular disregard for city ordinances banning the use of fireworks for San Antonio, many locals did not hold back on New Year’s Eve as video shooting from one of the largest hotels in downtown shows the skyline of the south and west sides of the city come alive with pyrotechnics.

And again, the collective yet unorganized show of these unrepentant scofflaws seemed to outdo even the official display of fireworks at Hemisfair.

McClure “Mac” Jones shared a video that he shot from the top of Grand Hyatt San Antonio, showing the unabashed display of fireworks that erupted at midnight across the skyline of San Antonio.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Jones’s video post on Facebook had more than 8,000 shares.

Officials from San Antonio invited people to watch one of last night’s free and legal fireworks displays. But even the prospect of fines of up to $2,000 was not enough to prevent people from lighting up across the neighborhoods of the city. No data was available on arrests or the number of calls to the illegal fireworks hotline of the city on Wednesday.

Some on Facebook called out the illegal fireworks users in the post’s comments, while others said the video was the “most awesome” thing they ever saw. Others even joked at telling family members to come to San Antonio for the citizenship firework show next year.

The fireworks hotline of the city is 210-207-0202, and people are encouraged to report in their neighborhood any illegal fireworks activity.


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