Videos show second year of Fourth of July chaos

A young man received a large abdominal wound from a mortar, requiring medical assistance.

Video captured juveniles launching fireworks at a squad car. (Moreprime/Twitter)

Large groups of juveniles roamed the streets of Minneapolis Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, launching fireworks and causing uncontrollable chaos on the streets. Up to 500 individuals were roaming around at one point as police ordered them to disperse and go home, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis.

Independent photojournalist Rebecca Brannon captured several videos of the Fourth of July chaos.

Brannon reported that fireworks were shot at residents and homes in East Bde Maka Ska for an hour until police arrived.

The night’s lawlessness injured several, with one resident saying she turned on her lawn sprinklers because she feared a fire would break out because of the fireworks.

A young man received a large abdominal wound, requiring medical assistance. When the police officer responding walked up to the man, he asked, “Firework or bullet?”

More videos captured additional chaos throughout the city as police attempted to regain control.

It did not appear as though the police made any mass arrests of the hundreds of individuals terrorizing the residents of Minneapolis, according to Brannon.

Brannon said the individuals roamed the streets until at least 3 a.m.

Other videos appeared to show juveniles launching fireworks at a police car.

This is a developing story. 


Hayley Feland

Hayley Feland previously worked as a journalist with The Minnesota Sun, The Wisconsin Daily Star, and The College Fix. She is a Minnesota native with a passion for politics and journalism.